[ pey-ving ]
/ ˈpeɪ vɪŋ /


material for paving.
the laying of a pavement.

Origin of paving

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at pave, -ing1

Definition for paving (2 of 2)

[ peyv ]
/ peɪv /

verb (used with object), paved, pav·ing.

to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.


Southern Louisiana. a paved road.

Origin of pave

1275–1325; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for paving (1 of 3)

/ (ˈpeɪvɪŋ) /


a paved surface; pavement
material used for a pavement, such as paving stones, bricks, or asphalt


of or for a paved surface or pavement
preparatory, facilitating, enablingpaving legislation

British Dictionary definitions for paving (2 of 3)

/ (peɪv) /

verb (tr)

to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development

Derived forms of pave

paver, noun

Word Origin for pave

C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down

British Dictionary definitions for paving (3 of 3)

/ (ˈpæveɪ) /


a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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