Definition of pavement in US English:



  • 1Any paved area or surface.

    • ‘Despite the density of burials in the immediate area, no interments overlie the stone pavement.’
    • ‘Normal practice is to saw the joints in the new pavement; tooled joints are also permitted for some areas.’
    • ‘The pub has seating for 200 people and the potential for a seating area on the pavement outside.’
    • ‘If these steps were omitted, cracking of the pavement was predictable.’
    • ‘A common demand by the residents of the Lake Area is that the pavement around the monument be cleared of encroachments and hawkers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As my bare feet hit the cool cement of pavement I grinned in triumph.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1North American The hard surface of a road or street.
      • ‘Derek nodded and looked down at the sandy pavement of the street.’
      • ‘The road was made of a semi-rigid pavement with a bituminous surface layer where roughness was the primary damage.’
      • ‘Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows.’
      • ‘It was nothing but quiet traces of oldies on the radio and the sound of cars flying past each other on hard pavement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They wanted to see greenery and flowers from these vantage points, not pavement and cars.’
      • ‘High-type pavements provide a road surface that is suitable for high-speed traffic.’
      • ‘More than one third agreed improvements needed to be made to road and pavement repairs and street cleaning.’
      • ‘Deicing chemicals are used to get ice off pavements, sidewalks and other surfaces by lowering the melting point of the ice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The streets in the district have cobble-stoned pavement and feature historically styled street lighting.’
      • ‘If John hadn't been holding onto her, she would have crashed painfully to the hard pavement of the street below her feet.’
      • ‘Provisions for drainage, road pavement, ground water recharge, and artificial ponds are also being made.’
      • ‘The second she walked onto the street pavement, Elisabeth looked up at the roof.’
      • ‘The two were still rolling around on the street pavement crying out in pain when police arrived.’
      • ‘The pavements comprised thick asphalt surface layers over unbound granular material.’
      • ‘I asked, suspiciously eyeing the few drops of oil on the pavement under the rear axle of an old gray Ford tractor.’
      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.
      • ‘Rhodolith pavements have been documented in modern and fossil platforms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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