Definition of pavement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpāvmənt/


1Any paved area or surface.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1North American The hard surface of a road or street.
Example sentences
  • If John hadn't been holding onto her, she would have crashed painfully to the hard pavement of the street below her feet.
  • 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.
1.2British A sidewalk.
Example sentences
  • There are now so many visitors to the area that the pavements are overcrowded.
1.3 Geology A more or less horizontal expanse of bare rock.
Example sentences
  • 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.


pound the pavement

see pound2.


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

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Syllabification: pave·ment

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