[ muh-kad-uh m ]
/ məˈkæd əm /


a macadamized road or pavement.
the broken stone used in making such a road.


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Origin of macadam

1815–25; named after J. L. McAdam (1756–1836), Scottish engineer who invented it

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British Dictionary definitions for macadam

/ (məˈkædəm) /


a road surface made of compressed layers of small broken stones, esp one that is bound together with tar or asphalt

Word Origin for macadam

C19: named after John McAdam (1756–1836), Scottish engineer, the inventor
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