Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hard smooth surface, especially of a public area or thoroughfare, that will bear travel.
  • noun The material with which such a surface is made.
  • noun Chiefly British A sidewalk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pave; floor with stone, bricks, tiles, or the like.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The material of which such a flooring is made: as, the pavement is tile.
  • noun The flagged or paved footway on each side of a street; a sidewalk.
  • noun In anatomy and zoö., a paved structure; a formation like pavement.
  • noun In coal-mining, the seam of fire-clay which usually underlies a seam of coal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) flattened teeth which in certain fishes, as the skates and cestracionts, are arranged side by side, like tiles in a pavement.
  • transitive verb obsolete To furnish with a pavement; to pave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun material used to pave an area
  • noun walk consisting of a paved area for pedestrians; usually beside a street or roadway
  • noun the paved surface of a thoroughfare

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Kanye West: I've Considered Suicide

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

  • 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.

    Cathedrals have a way of calling!

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