Origin of paving
- 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.
- Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
- 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 of pave
Examples from the Web for paving
For us, WoodRocket is paving the way for creating a place you can come to—and come at—and stay and be entertained.Inside the Greatest Porn Parody Factory: From ‘Game of Bones’ to ‘The Humper Games’
November 28, 2014
In October 2013, the Portuguese police reopened the case in Portugal, paving the way for further investigations by Scotland Yard.Does a Perv Know Maddie McCann’s Fate?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 16, 2014
When asked how she feels about paving the way for abortion education on the Internet, Steinauer was quick to relay her enthusiasm.The Internet’s First Abortion Class
October 6, 2014
In effect, the paving “stones” would be electricity-generating solar panels.Pave the Roads With Solar Panels?
The Daily Beast
June 3, 2014
As you walk through the Maidan, you notice parts of the ground that normally would be covered in paving stones are bare.My Walk Through Kiev's Maidan Square
April 6, 2014
Let Old Eaton have his way, if thereby they might beguile him into paving theirs.Tiverton Tales
It seemed as if the sun-rays could never reach that paving, mouldy with damp.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It is said that the Romans learned from the Carthaginians the art of paving roads.The Railroad Question
As far as these trees and these paving stones were concerned, it had worked nothing.Notes on Life and Letters
Unwillingly, he pulled at the controls and the flier raised from the paving.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
- a paved surface; pavement
- material used for a pavement, such as paving stones, bricks, or asphalt
- of or for a paved surface or pavement
- preparatory, facilitating, enablingpaving legislation
- to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
- to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
- (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
- to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development
- a paved surface, esp an uneven one
- a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
Word Origin and History for paving
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.