Definition of asphalt in English:

asphalt

Syllabification: as·phalt
Pronunciation: /ˈasfôlt
 
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noun

  • 1A mixture of dark bituminous pitch with sand or gravel, used for surfacing roads, flooring, roofing, etc..
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    • Teal and green floor tiles in the kids' bathroom are made of waste products derived from gravel, asphalt, and cement.
    • They are designed to go over any surface, including asphalt, dirt, gravel, grass and mountain trails.
    • Masonry sealers are not intended for use on asphalt, glazed ceramic tile or on wooden surfaces.
    Synonyms
    tar, pitch, paving, blacktop, tarmac
  • 1.1The bituminous pitch used in making asphalt, sometimes found in natural deposits but usually made by the distillation of crude oil.
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    • Chief exports of Trinidad and Tobago include oil, sugar, citrus fruit, asphalt, and coffee.
    • There are also large reserves of natural gas and asphalt.
    • Trinidad has one of the largest natural asphalt lakes in the world.

verb

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  • Cover with asphalt.
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    • A majority of villagers overruled the sane voice of a few to stop asphalting the surface that would hasten the surface run-off instead of trapping the heavenly bounty.
    • He said over 400 km of the 1,000 km had been asphalted and over 300 km had been metalled.
    • The roads will not be permanently asphalted, but will be hard surfaced nonetheless, in anticipation of the rains.

Derivatives

asphaltic

Pronunciation: /asˈfôltik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Many of these had been constructed with an asphaltic concrete pavement for the travelled way and gravel shoulders.
  • Roads earmarked for an asphaltic concrete reseal will still get this high-quality treatment.
  • The layers can be almost any combination of granular, stabilised or asphaltic materials, and future versions will also model gravel and rigid pavements.

Origin

late Middle English: from French asphalte, based on late Latin asphalton, asphaltum, from Greek asphalton.

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