- a pavement.
- Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
- Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
- Also pa·véd, pa·véed. being set pavé: pavé rubies.
Origin of pavé
Examples from the Web for unpaved
Bottex provided a brief history of the village as we walked through the unpaved street.The Drink All You Want Holiday Wine
December 21, 2013
Basic services and facilities are now hard to come by; roads may be unpaved or nonexistent; children and old folks predominate.Ghosts in the Machine: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants and Their Uncertain Future
December 10, 2012
On the unpaved ground the bakers crouched in irregular lines.The Scapegoat
Through this we entered into an unpaved court, where the family was assembled.
Its buildings leaned over the narrow streets, which were unpaved.The Pirates of Ersatz
The floor was unpaved, and composed of damp earth strewed with filth.Manco, the Peruvian Chief
Its streets are unpaved, and all slope to the middle as a common sewer, as in Spain.Across America
James F. Rusling
- not covered in paving
- 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 unpaved
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.