[peyv-muh nt]


a paved road, highway, etc.
a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.
a material used for paving.
Atlantic States and British. sidewalk.


    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
Related formspave·men·tal [peyv-men-tl] /peɪvˈmɛn tl/, adjectivepre·pave·ment, nounsub·pave·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pavement

sidewalk, road, asphalt, concrete, flagstone, tar

Examples from the Web for pavement

Contemporary Examples of pavement

Historical Examples of pavement

  • The man was stretched on the pavement brutishly drunk and dead to the world.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • His ardent young eyes worshiped her as he stood on the pavement.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Thus it was possible to ring the doorbell from the pavement, and this the stranger did.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He hesitated on the pavement, his eyes searching the shadowy balcony.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • There was no indication of the six miles of pavement which later were to be Fallon's pride.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

British Dictionary definitions for pavement



a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a roadUS and Canadian word: sidewalk
a paved surface, esp one that is a thoroughfare
the material used in paving
civil engineering the hard layered structure that forms a road carriageway, airfield runway, vehicle park, or other paved areas
geology a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved roadSee limestone pavement

Word Origin for pavement

C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard
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Word Origin and History for pavement

mid-13c., from Old French pavement "roadway, pathway; paving stone" (12c.) and directly from Latin pavimentum "hard floor, level surface beaten firm," from pavire (see pave).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pavement


see pound the pavement.

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