Definition of asphalt in English:



mass noun
  • 1A mixture of dark bituminous pitch with sand or gravel, used for surfacing roads, flooring, roofing, etc.

    • ‘Normally, asphalt road surfaces are built on top of a bed of concrete, which is itself built atop a bed of gravel.’
    • ‘Teal and green floor tiles in the kids' bathroom are made of waste products derived from gravel, asphalt, and cement.’
    • ‘They are designed to go over any surface, including asphalt, dirt, gravel, grass and mountain trails.’
    • ‘The asphalt was dark and slightly shiny in the sun, as if the oppressive heat was melting the tar within the road.’
    • ‘Masonry sealers are not intended for use on asphalt, glazed ceramic tile or on wooden surfaces.’
    1. 1.1 The pitch used in asphalt, sometimes found in natural deposits but usually made by the distillation of crude oil.
      • ‘Chief exports of Trinidad and Tobago include oil, sugar, citrus fruit, asphalt, and coffee.’
      • ‘Two products which come directly from the crude oil and do not require further processing are asphalt and waxes.’
      • ‘There are also large reserves of natural gas and asphalt.’
      • ‘Trinidad has one of the largest natural asphalt lakes in the world.’
      • ‘Instead of green grass, natural pools of hot, slow-simmering asphalt occupy the preserve.’
      bitumen, tar
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  • Surface with asphalt.

    • ‘The residents carried placards and complained that the roads had not been asphalted for years.’
    • ‘Turning off at the village, one is confronted by a beautifully asphalted and signposted road which heralds driving pleasure for a fair distance.’
    • ‘If the BMP had not taken this bold step, of asking utility agencies to coordinate their work with the road asphalting, many citizens would have been forced to take some drastic steps themselves.’
    • ‘The congested Airport Road has been asphalted several times to impress the VIP guests.’
    • ‘What we want to know is how the roads that have been recently asphalted get damaged so soon,’ Ahmed Faraz, a software engineer, asked.’
    • ‘A majority of villagers overruled the sane voice of a few to stop asphalting the surface that would hasten the surface run-off instead of trapping the heavenly bounty.’
    • ‘I know asphalting a one or two km stretch after the BCC border will not cost us big, but the council will tear me into pieces.’
    • ‘Fernando Alonso: ‘It was a satisfactory Friday for us, as we managed to have long runs this afternoon - which helped on this newly asphalted circuit.’’
    • ‘It's no surprise then that we love asphalting everything.’
    • ‘It required levelling, asphalting and fencing.’
    • ‘After all, the track follows in the hoofprints of horses, which for hundreds of years pulled barges upstream along these same, now asphalted, riverside towpaths.’
    • ‘Along the way the potholes got filled, the cobbles were nicely asphalted, the hoardings were stripped of their multi-layered messages, and the chill damp was replaced with warmth and light.’
    • ‘The roads will not be permanently asphalted, but will be hard surfaced nonetheless, in anticipation of the rains.’
    • ‘We have already widened and asphalted a one-km stretch and would be able to finish the entire stretch of four km by February-March.’
    • ‘The roads near the railway station are in a battered condition though he says most of the places were asphalted recently.’
    • ‘The road in front of Sundari Memorial School was asphalted last year.’
    • ‘The event, initially planned for July 26 and 27, will now be held on September 6 and 7 because the whole of the two-mile route will not be asphalted in time.’
    • ‘He said over 400 km of the 1,000 km had been asphalted and over 300 km had been metalled.’
    • ‘While it's going to be gravel time soon, also note that while the descent is asphalted, it is very technical and rather narrow.’
    cover, surface, floor, top, finish, concrete, concrete over, flag, tile, tar, tarmac, metal
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Late Middle English: from French asphalte, based on late Latin asphalton, asphaltum, from Greek asphalton.