pavement

[peyv-muhnt]
noun
1.
a paved road, highway, etc.
2.
a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.
3.
a material used for paving.
4.
Atlantic States and British, sidewalk.
Idioms
5.
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:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin pavīmentum. See pave, -ment

pavemental [peyv-men-tl] , adjective
prepavement, noun
subpavement, noun
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pavement (ˈpeɪvmənt)
 
n
1.  US and Canadian word: sidewalk a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road
2.  a paved surface, esp one that is a thoroughfare
3.  the material used in paving
4.  civil engineering the hard layered structure that forms a road carriageway, airfield runway, vehicle park, or other paved areas
5.  geology See limestone pavement a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved road
 
[C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard]

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pavement
late 13c., from O.Fr. paviment, from L. pavimentum "beaten floor," from pavire (see pave).
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Pavement definition


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.)

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Example sentences
Glaciers scoured the surrounding landscape, leaving behind exposed limestone
  pavements.
Pavements are broken and patched, and wrinkled, and bumpy.
The pavements were swimming in it, and of course the hospitals are down, so
  there's nothing to be done about the cholera.
Warmed pavements are not unknown, although when they do not take advantage of
  an otherwise wasted by-product they are expensive.
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