Definition of tarmacadam in English:



  • another term for tarmac
    • ‘These strips of tarmacadam enjoy annual treatment of fresh stone chippings to lace together part of a road network that never should be striped, reflectorised, mapped or funded.’
    • ‘The barriers will stop the car park being used as a short cut from the Stradbally Road to the Dublin road, a practice that has a wearing effect on the tarmacadam and has insurance implications also.’
    • ‘The front garden has shrubbery and a tarmacadam driveway with parking for up to three cars.’
    • ‘The opinion that these should not have been used on the street was strengthened when a large portion of the upper Main Street was dug up once again, the cobblelocking removed and replaced by tarmacadam.’
    • ‘As the club entered the 1990s tarmacadam courts were laid and flood lighting was erected on two courts in 1995.’
    • ‘A question mark has been placed over the surface of the particular stretch of road, which, according to specifications laid down by the National Roads Authority, should have had a skim of tar and chips over the tarmacadam surface.’
    • ‘It is approached by a tarmacadam driveway through landscaped grounds which include a pond.’
    • ‘Nobody had told me that there was a tarmacadam road complete with cat's eyes and unbroken white lines on the other side of Tountinna, and the mountain top was swarming with tourists.’
    • ‘Outdoors there is a double garage and other out offices and the property also has a tarmacadam yard.’
    • ‘Wrought iron gates open onto a tarmacadam drive that surrounds the house giving ample parking space.’
    • ‘A welcome has been recorded at the completion of the road surface on the Mountain Road after workmen applied the tarmacadam surface on that roadway last week.’
    • ‘During 2004 the committee, in association with Ballina Town Council, prepared and re-kerbed the majority of the wider avenues for resurfacing with tarmacadam.’
    • ‘A tarmacadam driveway sweeps down to this ranch-style bungalow with a difference.’
    • ‘At a meeting between council officials and traders, the latter gave a vote of no confidence in the proposals, adding that they wanted tarmacadam on the street from Church Street to Lower Main Street.’
    • ‘When we turn on the news and see a bunch of new-age hippies tied to trees trying to stop the never-ending progress of tarmacadam through our dwindling green and cultural areas we all too often take no notice.’
    • ‘These upgrading works included the installation of fire alarms, ceiling repairs, electrical rewiring, heating, fire doors, shower, ablutions in the billet block and some tarmacadam.’
    • ‘He warned members of the public not to build bonfires on tarmacadam or asphalt surfaces and to avoid using light materials such as paper and cardboard as fuel because they may fly about while burning.’
    • ‘John said 300 000 Euro has been set aside for overlaying tarmacadam from Davey's Corner right through the village of Carracastle to the county boundary.’
    • ‘The road surface was tarmacadam, a bitumen surface with a 14 mm aggregate close graded wearing course.’
    • ‘Outside, double gates monitor admission to the long front garden, which has a side lawn and provides extensive off-street parking along its tarmacadam driveway.’


Late 19th century: from tar + macadam.