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[as-fawlt or, esp. British, -falt]
any of various dark-colored, solid, bituminous substances, native in various areas of the earth and composed mainly of hydrocarbon mixtures.
a similar substance that is the by-product of petroleum-cracking operations.
a mixture of such substances with gravel, crushed rock, or the like, used for paving.
verb (used with object)
to cover or pave with asphalt.
of, pertaining to, or containing asphalt: asphalt tile.

1275–1325; earlier asphaltos, -um < Latin < Greek ásphaltos, -on, akin to asphalízein to make firm, to secure; replacing Middle English aspaltounGreek ásphalton

asphaltic, adjective
asphaltlike, adjective
unasphalted, adjective
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asphalt (ˈæsfælt, ˈæʃ-, -fɔːlt)
1.  any of several black semisolid substances composed of bitumen and inert mineral matter. They occur naturally in parts of America and as a residue from petroleum distillation: used as a waterproofing material and in paints, dielectrics, and fungicides
2.  a mixture of this substance with gravel, used in road-surfacing and roofing materials
3.  (modifier) containing or surfaced with asphalt
4.  (tr) to cover with asphalt
[C14: from Late Latin aspaltus, from Greek asphaltos, probably from a-1 + sphallein to cause to fall; referring to its use as a binding agent]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "resinous mineral pitch found in Biblical lands," from L.L. asphaltum, from Gk. asphaltos, probably from a non-Gk. source, possibly Semitic. Meaning "paving composition" dates from 1847.
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asphalt   (ās'fôlt')  Pronunciation Key 
A thick, sticky, dark-brown mixture of petroleum tars used in paving, roofing, and waterproofing. Asphalt is produced as a byproduct in refining petroleum or is found in natural beds.
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