Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pavement consisting of layers of crushed stone with a tar binder pressed to a smooth surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mixture of tar and small stones used in paving.
  • v. To cover or surface with tarmacadam.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a paving material of tar and broken stone; mixed in a factory and shaped during paving
  • n. a paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar

Etymologies

tar +‎ macadam (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mam's voice travels over the tarmacadam ribbon, across the road and up the lane into Hollie's Plant Hire company.

    Where's Me Dinner Woman?

  • Their roots had escaped up through the tarmacadam in many places; covered by fallen leaves and the propellers of sycamore seeds, they tripped the unwary.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Apart from a few tufts of grass that had breached the pitted tarmacadam, the place looked devoid of life.

    Neurosurgical Intervention For Beginners

  • We drain the marshland, pour acres upon acres of tarmacadam, divide land-migrating animals and low flying bats from their desired plots and hideouts, we remove habitat without realizing that is the greatest 'sin' against wildlife.

    A taste of country life.

  • The pre-vailing westerlies will banish that Saharan breeze and Belfast will become again the dour northern town of bricks, slate, and tarmacadam.

    The Bloomsday Dead

  • But in fairness, the vision of the early comprehensives was that, by reason of their much greater size, they would be able to offer the full range of teaching, from A-level Latin and Greek at one end to tarmacadam studies at the other.

    Grammar Streaming is Part of the Answer

  • And then, suddenly below us, was a circle of tarmacadam, with a large X in its centre.

    Temptation

  • After a moment, they vanished too – and we were descending fast through the palms, the pot-marked tarmacadam rising up to meet us, the sun incandescent, unforgiving.

    Temptation

  • Neither past nor future existed for me, only that eternal present, and it was good; the sun shone on the high roofs of Edinburgh, the summers were so hot the tarmacadam melted {it did — I remember it}, and in winter it snowed; my father was ten feet tall at least, and my mother was infinitely kind and gentle.

    Jacob's Ladder

  • They came to where a dry, hard-earth track met the roadside on the left, the chevrons of mucky tractor tyre-tracks arcing out across the tarmacadam in both directions.

    Country of the Blind

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