Definition of pavement in US English:



  • 1Any paved area or surface.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Normal practice is to saw the joints in the new pavement; tooled joints are also permitted for some areas.’
    • ‘This can be used as a means of determining the relative ages of pavements within an 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many live off petty trade, selling goods on the pavement in the market area.’
    • ‘Dowel bars are used in jointed plain concrete pavements to provide load transfer, which reduces faulting and improves performance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the density of burials in the immediate area, no interments overlie the stone pavement.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘More than one third agreed improvements needed to be made to road and pavement repairs and street cleaning.’
      • ‘Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows.’
      • ‘Deicing chemicals are used to get ice off pavements, sidewalks and other surfaces by lowering the melting point of the ice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The road was made of a semi-rigid pavement with a bituminous surface layer where roughness was the primary damage.’
      • ‘I nearly tripped leaping off the sidewalk onto the pavement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was nothing but quiet traces of oldies on the radio and the sound of cars flying past each other on hard pavement.’
      • ‘They wanted to see greenery and flowers from these vantage points, not pavement and cars.’
      • ‘Provisions for drainage, road pavement, ground water recharge, and artificial ponds are also being made.’
      • ‘If John hadn't been holding onto her, she would have crashed painfully to the hard pavement of the street below her feet.’
      • ‘The pavements comprised thick asphalt surface layers over unbound granular material.’
      • ‘Derek nodded and looked down at the sandy pavement of the street.’
      • ‘One out of every three fatal highway accidents is partly due to poor road and pavement conditions.’
      • ‘The second she walked onto the street pavement, Elisabeth looked up at the roof.’
      • ‘The fact that the track is dirt changes things as well - in other motor sports the surface is pavement and thus static.’
      • ‘High-type pavements provide a road surface that is suitable for high-speed traffic.’
      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.’
      • ‘Rhodolith pavements have been documented in modern and fossil platforms.’
      • ‘Bivalves extensively colonized the outer platform, and rhodolith pavements covered its edge.’
      • ‘At the northern margin carbonate was produced at the outer platform in bivalve banks and at the platform edge in rhodolith pavements.’
      • ‘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’.