from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cover with a pavement.
- transitive v. To cover uniformly, as if with pavement.
- transitive v. To be or compose the pavement of.
- idiom pave the way To make progress or development easier: experiments that paved the way for future research.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover something with paving slabs
- v. To cover with stone, concrete, blacktop or other covering to make a road for vehicles
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay or cover with stone, brick, or other material, so as to make a firm, level, or convenient surface for vehicles, horses, carriages, or persons on foot, to travel on; to floor with brick, stone, or other solid material
- transitive v. Fig.: To make smooth, easy, and safe; to prepare, as a path or way
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cover or lay with blocks of stone or wood, or with bricks, tiles, etc., regularly disposed, and set firmly in their places so as to make a hard level surface; in general, to cover with any kind of pavement: as, to pave a street; to pave the courtyard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows
- v. cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic
Middle English paven, from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre, to beat, tread down.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French < Vulgar Latin *pavāre < Latin pavīre, present active infinitive of paviō. (Wiktionary)