Definition of bituminous in English:



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

    • ‘The bituminous material at each site was dense bituminous macadam, which typically had a bitumen content of 4.0-4.5%.’
    • ‘Their activities included tar distillation, and the manufacture and laying of bituminous paving materials.’
    • ‘In 1937 the first cationic surfactants were used in bituminous road construction and these were quaternary ammonium salts.’
    • ‘The information is grouped into six broad product categories: earthmoving, lifting, bituminous, concrete and aggregate, light equipment, and attachments and components.’
    • ‘In situ stabilisation techniques included in the survey were chemical, bituminous, and mechanical stabilisation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Higher liquid asphalt prices have pushed the price of finished bituminous concrete up by 6%, to between $25 and $30 per ton, says Roberts.’
    • ‘About 90% of Australia's 300 000 km of sealed road network consist of unbound granular materials with thin bituminous surfacings.’
    • ‘It was also postulated that the slow settling of organic material from the surface produced the bituminous carbonate layers known as oil shale.’
    • ‘The war brought corporate reorganization and consolidation to Pennsylvania's anthracite region, even while newly independent West Virginia's bituminous region lagged behind.’
    • ‘According to SPRI, PVC membranes are chemically incompatible with bituminous materials.’
    • ‘Sheet metal, bituminous membranes, and composite materials are used as flashing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Iron sulfides and/or black bituminous matter in the concretion matrix or enclosing shales show that the matrix material accumulated in oxygen-deficient waters.’
    • ‘In addition, there has been slight price erosion for PVC pipe, insulation material, ready-mix concrete and bituminous concrete.’
    • ‘Neither uses bituminous tars or asphalts, neither requires painting, and both age to beautiful patinas.’
    • ‘If you sold bituminous rocks as ‘coke,’ they might not.’
    • ‘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.’


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