macadamize

[muh-kad-uh-mahyz]

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

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British Dictionary definitions for macadamize

macadamize

macadamise

verb

(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 macadamize

macadamize

v.

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

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