[ muh-kad-uh-mahyz ]
/ məˈkæd əˌmaɪz /

verb (used with object), mac·ad·am·ized, mac·ad·am·iz·ing.

to pave by laying and compacting successive layers of broken stone, often with asphalt or hot tar.

Nearby words

  1. macaca,
  2. macaco,
  3. macadam,
  4. macadamia,
  5. macadamization,
  6. macanese,
  7. macao,
  8. macapagal,
  9. macapagal arroyo,
  10. macapagal, diosdado

Also especially British, mac·ad·am·ise.

Origin of macadamize

First recorded in 1815–25; macadam + -ize

Related formsmac·ad·am·i·za·tion, nounun·mac·ad·am·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for macadamization

  • But on no highway was the principle of macadamization carried so far as on the Cumberland Road.

    Pilots of the Republic|Archer Butler Hulbert
  • But the office of running footman in the days of macadamization, is a work of supererogation.

British Dictionary definitions for macadamization



/ (məˈkædəˌmaɪz) /


(tr) to construct or surface (a road) with macadam
Derived Formsmacadamization or macadamisation, nounmacadamizer or macadamiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for macadamization
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