Definition of pavement in English:



  • 1A raised paved or asphalted path for pedestrians at the side of a road.

    ‘he fell and hit his head on the pavement’
    as modifier ‘a pavement cafe’
    • ‘Shopkeepers have renovated their premises, roads have been widened, pavements are cleared for pedestrians.’
    • ‘Residential roads and pavements will be cleaned every fortnight by the mobile cleansing teams, which will use EU standard low emission level vehicles.’
    • ‘At one point, he drove on the wrong side of the road and mounted a pavement to get around a police car, which had been parked in the road in a bid to stop him.’
    • ‘But you always get some youth tearing up and down the road or on the pavements on these scooters.’
    • ‘It toppled over sideways onto the pavement and missed my son and I by about a yard.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people sauntered along the road and pavements and families ate outside cafes knowing their children were safe.’
    • ‘I'm not absolutely certain, but I think pedestrians have right of way on roads as well as pavements.’
    • ‘A £1.5 million scheme will involve disconnecting supplies to 6,000 homes as roads and pavements are dug up.’
    • ‘However, we do realise that the fundamental cause of claims is that a number of repairs are needed for roads and pavements.’
    • ‘The council's pavements and road infrastructure are now of a higher quality.’
    • ‘In the civil law if a driver goes off the road on to the pavement and injures a pedestrian, or damages property, he is prima facie liable.’
    • ‘The angry resident said the ramps being put in are dangerous as the materials used makes it difficult to tell where the pavement ends and the road begins.’
    • ‘A huge amount of litter and other rubbish is being removed from the pavements and road sides each Saturday morning and Wednesday evening.’
    • ‘We are trying to give the roads back to the motorist and the pavements back to pedestrians.’
    • ‘Then there are those who cycle without lights at all and think they then have the right to ride on pavements and endanger pedestrians as well as road users.’
    • ‘It is common practice among local traders to exact a rent from street hawkers for using the road or pavement in front of their shops.’
    • ‘The streets are jammed with cars, the busses packed with people and the pavements overflowing with pedestrians weighed down with their purchases.’
    • ‘The fierce snow, which had been falling since mid-evening, left pavements and roads treacherous as temperatures plummeted.’
    • ‘Along with the grade separator, the pavements on the either sides of the roads will be widened and redone with interlocking cobble blocks.’
    • ‘Parents say crossing the road to use the pavement on the other side is just as dangerous due to the steady stream of farm vehicles, trucks and commuter traffic.’
    footpath, paved path, pedestrian way, walkway, footway
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    1. 1.1 Any paved area or surface.
      ‘the pavements and columns of these ancient ruins provided the material for more recent structures’
      • ‘Despite the density of burials in the immediate area, no interments overlie the stone pavement.’
      • ‘Dowel bars are used in jointed plain concrete pavements to provide load transfer, which reduces faulting and improves performance.’
      • ‘The pub has seating for 200 people and the potential for a seating area on the pavement outside.’
      • ‘A common demand by the residents of the Lake Area is that the pavement around the monument be cleared of encroachments and hawkers.’
      • ‘The hard dark surfaces like pavements store heat during the day, which is released at night, keeping the city hotter for longer periods of time.’
      • ‘Why not break up the tiles and make them into a mosaic for either the pavement around the area or even incorporated into some other city centre venue.’
      • ‘As my bare feet hit the cool cement of pavement I grinned in triumph.’
      • ‘If these steps were omitted, cracking of the pavement was predictable.’
      • ‘Normal practice is to saw the joints in the new pavement; tooled joints are also permitted for some areas.’
      • ‘Many live off petty trade, selling goods on the pavement in the market area.’
      • ‘When you're using your truck for removing shrubs or small trees, use a long cable to stay on the pavement where possible.’
      • ‘This can be used as a means of determining the relative ages of pavements within an area.’
    2. 1.2North American mass noun The hard surface of a road or street.
      • ‘Deicing chemicals are used to get ice off pavements, sidewalks and other surfaces by lowering the melting point of the ice.’
      • ‘The road was made of a semi-rigid pavement with a bituminous surface layer where roughness was the primary damage.’
      • ‘More than one third agreed improvements needed to be made to road and pavement repairs and street cleaning.’
      • ‘High-type pavements provide a road surface that is suitable for high-speed traffic.’
      • ‘The streets in the district have cobble-stoned pavement and feature historically styled street lighting.’
      • ‘They wanted to see greenery and flowers from these vantage points, not pavement and cars.’
      • ‘It was nothing but quiet traces of oldies on the radio and the sound of cars flying past each other on hard pavement.’
      • ‘The pavements comprised thick asphalt surface layers over unbound granular material.’
      • ‘Derek nodded and looked down at the sandy pavement of the street.’
      • ‘The second she walked onto the street pavement, Elisabeth looked up at the roof.’
      • ‘If John hadn't been holding onto her, she would have crashed painfully to the hard pavement of the street below her feet.’
      • ‘The two were still rolling around on the street pavement crying out in pain when police arrived.’
      • ‘Fly ash can be used for constructing different layers of road pavement.’
      • ‘One out of every three fatal highway accidents is partly due to poor road and pavement conditions.’
      • ‘I nearly tripped leaping off the sidewalk onto the pavement.’
      • ‘The fact that the track is dirt changes things as well - in other motor sports the surface is pavement and thus static.’
      • ‘I asked, suspiciously eyeing the few drops of oil on the pavement under the rear axle of an old gray Ford tractor.’
      • ‘Provisions for drainage, road pavement, ground water recharge, and artificial ponds are also being made.’
      • ‘Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows.’
      highway, thoroughfare, roadway
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    3. 1.3Geology A horizontal expanse of bare rock or cemented fragments.
      • ‘Rhodolith pavements have been documented in modern and fossil platforms.’
      • ‘At the northern margin carbonate was produced at the outer platform in bivalve banks and at the platform edge in rhodolith pavements.’
      • ‘Bivalves extensively colonized the outer platform, and rhodolith pavements covered its edge.’
      • ‘I climbed over massive flat pavements of grey silty sandstone, making the whole cliffside seem like the world's largest amphitheatre.’
      • ‘Early that afternoon I walked over to the outcrop and climbed up onto the flat pavements of exposed rock.’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pavimentum ‘trodden down floor’, from pavire ‘beat, tread down’.