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.

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

Historical Examples of 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




(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

1824, from macadam + -ization.



1826, from macadam + -ize. Related: Macadamized; macadamizing.

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