Definition of pavement in English:


Line breaks: pave|ment
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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