American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hard smooth surface, especially of a public area or thoroughfare, that will bear travel.
- n. The material with which such a surface is made.
- n. Chiefly British A sidewalk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A floor or surface-covering of flags, stones, tiles, or bricks, usually laid in cement, but sometimes merely on a foundation of earth, or, particularly in ancient examples, accurately fitted in masonry without artificial bond; also, such a covering made of concrete (see concrete, n., 3), and sometimes of wood. Pavements are often made in a mosaic of stone, more or less artistic in character, or of glazed or unglazed tiles, sometimes by their color or decoration forming elaborate designs. See also cut under
- n. The material of which such a flooring is made: as, the pavement is tile.
- n. The flagged or paved footway on each side of a street; a sidewalk.
- n. In anatomy and zoö., a paved structure; a formation like pavement.
- n. In coal-mining, the seam of fire-clay which usually underlies a seam of coal.
- To pave; floor with stone, bricks, tiles, or the like.
- n. chiefly UK A paved footpath at the side of a road.
- n. US, uncountable Paved exterior surface, as with a road or sidewalk.
- n. The interior flooring, especially when of stone, of large buildings such as a cathedral.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That with which anything is paved; a floor or covering of solid material, laid so as to make a hard and convenient surface for travel; a paved road or sidewalk; a decorative interior floor of tiles or colored bricks.
- v. obsolete To furnish with a pavement; to pave.
- n. material used to pave an area
- n. walk consisting of a paved area for pedestrians; usually beside a street or roadway
- n. the paved surface of a thoroughfare
- Middle English, from Old French pavement, from Latin pavimentum ("a hard surface, a pounded surface"), from pavire ("to beat, to ram, to tread down") (Wiktionary)
“Our decision to stay at a particular hotel/suites four blocks from the epicenter where the heart of Morelia beats with the tremor of feet pounding the pavement is the aliveness one feels while sniffing and feeling the environment is something we needed.”
“Lying next to a hole in the pavement is a phoenix fallen to Earth, played by model Selita Ebanks in pink, gray and brown feathers.”
“The portress set to scraping away the grass from what she called her pavement, with an old knife, and, as she tore out the blades, she grumbled:”
“I would suggest that a deer standing on pavement is very unstable on its feet.”
“Porous pavement is an excellent alternative to pavement an it shows a move in the right direction in the construction industry.”
“Fifty-percent of the pavement is past its replacement life or needs replacement within five years; another 40 percent should be replaced within 10 years and the remaining 10 percent should be replaced within the next 10 — 15 years.”
“If they are publicly owned, how about some striping and signage to let people know that this stretch of pavement is part of the Lake Union bike trail?”
“It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's professional and personal life.”
“Not to mention rails fixed in pavement inspire the trust of tourists and first-timers.”
“Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection, seventy-eight and an invalid, having been thrown roughly to the pavement from the tumbrel, was heard to speak words of forgiveness and encouragement to her tormentor.”
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