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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A paved footpath at the side of a road.
  • n. Paved exterior surface, as with a road or sidewalk.
  • n. The interior flooring, especially when of stone, of large buildings such as a cathedral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a pavement; to pave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pave; floor with stone, bricks, tiles, or the like.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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


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Middle English, from Old French pavement, from Latin pavimentum ("a hard surface, a pounded surface"), from pavire ("to beat, to ram, to tread down")



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