verb (used with object)
Origin of asphalt
Examples from the Web for asphalt
When they are full, many landfills are capped—covered with asphalt or concrete.
Think of an asphalt parking lot, which during summer can still be warm hours after the Sun sets.
Asphalt Jungle is sometimes considered the first heist movie, but for me it all starts with Rififi.Book Bag: The Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction|Matthew Quirk|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead of laying down concrete and asphalt on the ground, the Brusaws hit upon the idea of using pavers.
Twice the mounted sentry at the gates was changed while I wandered up and down the asphalt walk.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bitumens are represented in the island by asphalt, a low-grade coal, and seepages of petroleum.Cuba, Old and New|Albert Gardner Robinson
She looked out at the asphalt yard, where a dirty rag of paper was blowing.The Rainbow|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
In this way, the asphalt is held in position, and is an absolute prevention of dampness.Rural Hygiene|Henry N. Ogden
In laying the asphalt the greatest attention and care must be paid to the preparation of a solid and dry foundation.
Above this two layers of asphalt of an aggregate thickness of ¾ in.Concrete Construction|Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for asphalt
Word Origin for asphalt
Word Origin and History for asphalt
early 14c., "hard, resinous mineral pitch found originally in Biblical lands," from Late Latin asphaltum, from Greek asphaltos "asphalt, bitumen," probably from a non-Greek source, possibly Semitic [Klein, citing Lewy, 1895]. Another theory holds it to be from Greek a- "not" + *sphaltos "able to be thrown down," taken as verbal adjective of sphallein "to throw down," in reference to a use of the material in building.
Meaning "paving composition" dates from 1847 and its popular use in this sense established the modern form of the English word, mostly displacing asphaltum, asphaltos. As a verb meaning "to cover with asphalt," from 1872.