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[peyv-muh nt] /ˈpeɪv mənt/
a paved road, highway, etc.
a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.
a material used for paving.
Atlantic States and British, sidewalk.
pound the pavement, Informal. to walk the streets in order to accomplish something:
If you're going to find work you'd better start pounding the pavement.
Origin of pavement
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin pavīmentum. See pave, -ment
Related forms
[peyv-men-tl] /peɪvˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
prepavement, noun
subpavement, noun Unabridged
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  • A pavement in the midst of the ocean—such is the Ortach rock.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • The man was stretched on the pavement brutishly drunk and dead to the world.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • "Do not stand on the pavement making such loud remarks, Louise," said Mrs. Wilton.

    Salome Emma Marshall
  • Thus it was possible to ring the doorbell from the pavement, and this the stranger did.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The design upon the pavement is found on slabs at the entrances at Kouyunjik.

British Dictionary definitions for pavement


a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road US and Canadian word sidewalk
a paved surface, esp one that is a thoroughfare
the material used in paving
(civil engineering) the hard layered structure that forms a road carriageway, airfield runway, vehicle park, or other paved areas
(geology) a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved road See limestone pavement
Word Origin
C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard
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Word Origin and History for pavement

mid-13c., from Old French pavement "roadway, pathway; paving stone" (12c.) and directly from Latin pavimentum "hard floor, level surface beaten firm," from pavire (see pave).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pavement in the Bible

It was the custom of the Roman governors to erect their tribunals in open places, as the market-place, the circus, or even the highway. Pilate caused his seat of judgment to be set down in a place called "the Pavement" (John 19:13) i.e., a place paved with a mosaic of coloured stones. It was probably a place thus prepared in front of the "judgment hall." (See GABBATHA.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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