Definition of pavement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪvm(ə)nt/


1A raised paved or asphalted path for pedestrians at the side of a road: he fell and hit his head on the pavement [as modifier]: a pavement cafe
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  • Parents say crossing the road to use the pavement on the other side is just as dangerous due to the steady stream of farm vehicles, trucks and commuter traffic.
  • In the civil law if a driver goes off the road on to the pavement and injures a pedestrian, or damages property, he is prima facie liable.
  • A huge amount of litter and other rubbish is being removed from the pavements and road sides each Saturday morning and Wednesday evening.
footpath, paved path, pedestrian way, walkway, footway;
North American  sidewalk
1.1Any paved area or surface: the pavements and columns of these ancient ruins provided the material for more recent structures
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  • 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.
1.2 [mass noun] North American The hard surface of a road or street.
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  • 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.
1.3 Geology A horizontal expanse of bare rock or cemented fragments.
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  • 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'.

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