Definition of bituminous in English:



  • Of, containing, or of the nature of bitumen.

    • ‘The information is grouped into six broad product categories: earthmoving, lifting, bituminous, concrete and aggregate, light equipment, and attachments and components.’
    • ‘If you sold bituminous rocks as ‘coke,’ they might not.’
    • ‘The war brought corporate reorganization and consolidation to Pennsylvania's anthracite region, even while newly independent West Virginia's bituminous region lagged behind.’
    • ‘Their activities included tar distillation, and the manufacture and laying of bituminous paving materials.’
    • ‘Higher liquid asphalt prices have pushed the price of finished bituminous concrete up by 6%, to between $25 and $30 per ton, says Roberts.’
    • ‘In situ stabilisation techniques included in the survey were chemical, bituminous, and mechanical stabilisation.’
    • ‘It was also postulated that the slow settling of organic material from the surface produced the bituminous carbonate layers known as oil shale.’
    • ‘Iron sulfides and/or black bituminous matter in the concretion matrix or enclosing shales show that the matrix material accumulated in oxygen-deficient waters.’
    • ‘Sheet metal, bituminous membranes, and composite materials are used as flashing.’
    • ‘Neither uses bituminous tars or asphalts, neither requires painting, and both age to beautiful patinas.’
    • ‘About 90% of Australia's 300 000 km of sealed road network consist of unbound granular materials with thin bituminous surfacings.’
    • ‘According to SPRI, PVC membranes are chemically incompatible with bituminous materials.’
    • ‘In 1937 the first cationic surfactants were used in bituminous road construction and these were quaternary ammonium salts.’
    • ‘Dasag's range of natural asphalt tiles continues a 100-year tradition that has seen finely ground bituminous limestone pressed into durable and elegant tiles.’
    • ‘The Government entered into a contract with Consolidated Contractors Company of Kuwait to construct a bituminous all-weather 74 kilometres road between Mongu and Kalabo.’
    • ‘There were a few victories, mostly as a result of an intense organizing campaign in the bituminous districts of western Pennsylvania, but there were many more failures, in Pennsylvania and throughout the coal regions of Appalachia.’
    • ‘Environments where bituminous mudrocks may form are waterlogged mires, swamp and bogs, stratified lakes and marine water with restricted circulation including backswamp conditions furthest from the fluvial channel.’
    • ‘This may be related to the presence of relatively large, probably late-diagenetic pyrite clusters in the bituminous limestones, whereas smaller framboids and crystals predominate in the black shales.’
    • ‘In addition, there has been slight price erosion for PVC pipe, insulation material, ready-mix concrete and bituminous concrete.’
    • ‘The bituminous material at each site was dense bituminous macadam, which typically had a bitumen content of 4.0-4.5%.’


Mid 16th century: from French bitumineux, from Latin bituminosus.