asphalt Jungle is sometimes considered the first heist movie, but for me it all starts with Rififi.
I saw his legs buckle and his entire body flinch as he fought the impulse to flatten himself against the asphalt.
At home we were surrounded by nature, but all we see here is asphalt.
The white blooms dotted the asphalt and swirled in the breeze under the orange glow of the street lamps.
Twice the mounted sentry at the gates was changed while I wandered up and down the asphalt walk.
Enclosed within these lines, the site of the massive old keep is shown by two circular strings of stones on the asphalt.
In this way, the asphalt is held in position, and is an absolute prevention of dampness.
He raised himself to peer across at the windows where the blithe figures danced, tiny mnads of the gutter, Bacch of the asphalt.
A mixture of sand and asphalt will creep on slopes of 1½ to 1, but asphalt concrete will not.
This is melted in an iron pan over a fire hot enough to melt the asphalt perfectly.
early 14c., "hard, resinous mineral pitch found originally in Biblical lands," from Late Latin asphaltum, from Greek asphaltos "asphalt, bitumen," probably from a non-Greek source, possibly Semitic [Klein, citing Lewy, 1895]. Another theory holds it to be from Greek a- "not" + *sphaltos "able to be thrown down," taken as verbal adjective of sphallein "to throw down," in reference to a use of the material in building.
Meaning "paving composition" dates from 1847 and its popular use in this sense established the modern form of the English word, mostly displacing asphaltum, asphaltos. As a verb meaning "to cover with asphalt," from 1872.