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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
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35; black + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He turned off the blacktop and started down the rutted path.

    Lease to Doomsday Lee Archer
  • Zircon took a blacktop road to the west, close to the base of the mountain.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • At the end of the blacktop, he and Scotty got out and examined the road surface.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • On the Golp Terrace, as the blacktop island was called, everyone and everything conformed—or else.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • Rounding a curve in a narrow, blacktop road, he saw the home behind a grove of trees.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I had a parcel from Bob with a shirt and some eatables; also one from Jean at blacktop and one from home.

  • Then the blacktop road curved out into the desert to the great radio telescope.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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