Definition of pavement in English:



  • 1Any paved area or surface.

    • ‘This can be used as a means of determining the relative ages of pavements within an area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dowel bars are used in jointed plain concrete pavements to provide load transfer, which reduces faulting and improves performance.’
    • ‘Normal practice is to saw the joints in the new pavement; tooled joints are also permitted for some areas.’
    • ‘A common demand by the residents of the Lake Area is that the pavement around the monument be cleared of encroachments and hawkers.’
    • ‘The pub has seating for 200 people and the potential for a seating area on the pavement outside.’
    • ‘Despite the density of burials in the immediate area, no interments overlie the stone pavement.’
    • ‘Many live off petty trade, selling goods on the pavement in the market area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If these steps were omitted, cracking of the pavement was predictable.’
    • ‘As my bare feet hit the cool cement of pavement I grinned in triumph.’
    • ‘When you're using your truck for removing shrubs or small trees, use a long cable to stay on the pavement where possible.’
    1. 1.1North American The hard surface of a road or street.
      • ‘I nearly tripped leaping off the sidewalk onto the pavement.’
      • ‘Fly ash can be used for constructing different layers of road pavement.’
      • ‘Deicing chemicals are used to get ice off pavements, sidewalks and other surfaces by lowering the melting point of the ice.’
      • ‘The second she walked onto the street pavement, Elisabeth looked up at the roof.’
      • ‘More than one third agreed improvements needed to be made to road and pavement repairs and street cleaning.’
      • ‘It was nothing but quiet traces of oldies on the radio and the sound of cars flying past each other on hard pavement.’
      • ‘Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows.’
      • ‘High-type pavements provide a road surface that is suitable for high-speed traffic.’
      • ‘The two were still rolling around on the street pavement crying out in pain when police arrived.’
      • ‘The road was made of a semi-rigid pavement with a bituminous surface layer where roughness was the primary damage.’
      • ‘One out of every three fatal highway accidents is partly due to poor road and pavement conditions.’
      • ‘They wanted to see greenery and flowers from these vantage points, not pavement and cars.’
      • ‘The fact that the track is dirt changes things as well - in other motor sports the surface is pavement and thus static.’
      • ‘Provisions for drainage, road pavement, ground water recharge, and artificial ponds are also being made.’
      • ‘Derek nodded and looked down at the sandy pavement of the street.’
      • ‘The pavements comprised thick asphalt surface layers over unbound granular material.’
      • ‘The streets in the district have cobble-stoned pavement and feature historically styled street lighting.’
      • ‘I asked, suspiciously eyeing the few drops of oil on the pavement under the rear axle of an old gray Ford tractor.’
      • ‘If John hadn't been holding onto her, she would have crashed painfully to the hard pavement of the street below her feet.’
      highway, thoroughfare, roadway
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    2. 1.2British A sidewalk.
      • ‘There are now so many visitors to the area that the pavements are overcrowded.’
      footpath, paved path, pedestrian way, walkway, footway
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    3. 1.3Geology A more or less horizontal expanse of bare rock.
      • ‘I climbed over massive flat pavements of grey silty sandstone, making the whole cliffside seem like the world's largest amphitheatre.’
      • ‘At the northern margin carbonate was produced at the outer platform in bivalve banks and at the platform edge in rhodolith pavements.’
      • ‘Rhodolith pavements have been documented in modern and fossil platforms.’
      • ‘Early that afternoon I walked over to the outcrop and climbed up onto the flat pavements of exposed rock.’
      • ‘Bivalves extensively colonized the outer platform, and rhodolith pavements covered its edge.’


  • pound the pavement

    • 1Walk the streets in an effort to accomplish something.

      ‘I will pound the pavement from city to city in order to explain the dangers’
      1. 1.1Search diligently for something, typically for a job.
        ‘although the country's current jobless rate is small, the number of people pounding the pavement has become a growing worry’
        • ‘For those pounding the pavement in search of work or forced to produce more in fewer hours with little or no improvement in pay, this is all bad news.’
        • ‘For the first time, I can see the different types of people pounding the pavement, and different cultures competing for attention.’
        • ‘Back from Mayfair on Kensington High Street, I was once again swept up in the rhythm of this city, a relentless beat that, after a day of pounding the pavement, must take a toll on all but the young.’
        • ‘On this past visit, I was really trying to make it a permanent home, as I was pounding the pavement for jobs in financial news.’
        • ‘You have to pound the pavement in search of sources, burn the candle at both ends to write engaging sentences, and worst of all, you have to read the whole blurb on the dust jacket of a book for that deep, deep background.’
        • ‘While you were out pounding the pavement, I was booking a special day for us.’
        • ‘With their numbers of enlistees falling, soldiers-turned-salesmen in Reno, NV, work the phones and pound the pavement.’
        • ‘He pressed more flesh in five minutes than a politician pounding the pavement in search of votes on Election Day.’
        • ‘Part of the problem is that journalism terminology glorifies ‘shoe-leather reporting,’ whereby you pound the pavement so often you wear out the soles of your shoes.’
        • ‘With 20% of MBA grads from this year's survey still pounding the pavement, the best-ranked programs are the ones that give students an edge during tough economic times.’


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