Definition of bituminous in English:



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

    • ‘Sheet metal, bituminous membranes, and composite materials are used as flashing.’
    • ‘It was also postulated that the slow settling of organic material from the surface produced the bituminous carbonate layers known as oil shale.’
    • ‘The bituminous material at each site was dense bituminous macadam, which typically had a bitumen content of 4.0-4.5%.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The information is grouped into six broad product categories: earthmoving, lifting, bituminous, concrete and aggregate, light equipment, and attachments and components.’
    • ‘Iron sulfides and/or black bituminous matter in the concretion matrix or enclosing shales show that the matrix material accumulated in oxygen-deficient waters.’
    • ‘Their activities included tar distillation, and the manufacture and laying of bituminous paving materials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neither uses bituminous tars or asphalts, neither requires painting, and both age to beautiful patinas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In situ stabilisation techniques included in the survey were chemical, bituminous, and mechanical stabilisation.’
    • ‘According to SPRI, PVC membranes are chemically incompatible with bituminous materials.’
    • ‘In addition, there has been slight price erosion for PVC pipe, insulation material, ready-mix concrete and bituminous concrete.’
    • ‘About 90% of Australia's 300 000 km of sealed road network consist of unbound granular materials with thin bituminous surfacings.’
    • ‘In 1937 the first cationic surfactants were used in bituminous road construction and these were quaternary ammonium salts.’
    • ‘Higher liquid asphalt prices have pushed the price of finished bituminous concrete up by 6%, to between $25 and $30 per ton, says Roberts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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