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paving

[pey-ving] /ˈpeɪ vɪŋ/
noun
1.
2.
material for paving.
3.
the laying of a pavement.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see pave, -ing1

pave

[peyv] /peɪv/
verb (used with object), paved, paving.
1.
to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.
noun
2.
Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
Idioms
3.
pave the way to / for, to prepare for and facilitate the entrance of; lead up to:
His analysis of the college market paved the way for their entry into textbook publishing.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down
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  • On top of the cylinder is a big paving stone, which adds another eight inches or so of protection.
  • These mix opposition to national reforms such as taxing food and medicines with local issues such as paving roads.
  • And no one has asked the mayor to support a trucking or paving contract or questionable residential developments.
  • Cigarette smoke damages the artery wall, paving the way for inflammation and cholesterol build-up.
  • But the flight proved that a living being could survive in space, paving the way for human flight.
  • If so, the will to pursue alternatives to paving over large tracts of forest remains elusive.
British Dictionary definitions for paving

paving

/ˈpeɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.
a paved surface; pavement
2.
material used for a pavement, such as paving stones, bricks, or asphalt
adjective
3.
of or for a paved surface or pavement
4.
preparatory, facilitating, enabling: paving legislation

pave

/peɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
2.
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer: bricks paved the causeway
3.
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble
4.
to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way): to pave the way for future development
Derived Forms
paver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down

pavé

/ˈpæveɪ/
noun
1.
a paved surface, esp an uneven one
2.
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for paving

pave

v.

early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

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