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[blak-top] /ˈblækˌtɒp/
a bituminous substance, usually asphalt, for paving roads, parking lots, playgrounds, etc.
a road covered with blacktop.
pertaining to or surfaced with blacktop:
a blacktop driveway.
verb (used with object), blacktopped, blacktopping.
to pave with blacktop.
Origin of blacktop
1930-35, Americanism; black + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With car headlights illuminating the blacktop stage, the sport bike riding crew was putting on an amazing display of stunt riding.
  • Dark objects absorb more light, so blacktop paving would be hotter than concrete.
  • The lighter color parking lot is porous, the darker color is traditional blacktop, which is not porous.
  • Since the school's closure, the blacktop playground had fallen into disrepair with weeds growing through cracks.
  • Knowledge of, and the ability to operate, equipment used to paint traffic control markings on blacktop roads.
  • Students will work cooperatively to design a permanent tessellation activity area for the school blacktop.
  • Convenient access to the area headquarters on the west side is provided by a blacktop road.
  • The incident occurred on a blacktop mat which was the underlayment for concrete paving the crew was laying that day.
  • Permits are not required for resurfacing existing blacktop.
  • The paths are well-maintained, and some are even paved with new blacktop.
British Dictionary definitions for blacktop


noun (mainly US & Canadian)
a bituminous mixture used for paving
a road paved with this mixture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blacktop

road resurfacing material, 1931, American English, from black (adj.) + top (n.1).

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