[ peyv-muhnt ]
See synonyms for pavement on
  1. a paved road, highway, etc.

  2. a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.

  1. a material used for paving.

  2. Atlantic States and British. sidewalk.

Idioms about pavement

  1. pound the pavement, Informal. to walk the streets in order to accomplish something: If you're going to find work you'd better start pounding the pavement.

Origin of pavement

1250–1300; Middle English <Old French <Latin pavīmentum.See pave, -ment

Other words from pavement

  • pave·men·tal [peyv-men-tl], /peɪvˈmɛn tl/, adjective
  • pre·pave·ment, noun
  • sub·pave·ment, noun

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How to use pavement in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pavement


/ (ˈpeɪvmənt) /

  1. a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road: US and Canadian word: sidewalk

  2. a paved surface, esp one that is a thoroughfare

  1. the material used in paving

  2. civil engineering the hard layered structure that forms a road carriageway, airfield runway, vehicle park, or other paved areas

  3. geology a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved road: See limestone pavement

Origin of pavement

C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard

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Other Idioms and Phrases with pavement


see pound the pavement.

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