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



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. 2019

Related Words for paving

surface, tile, brick, gravel, tar, flagstone, cobblestone, macadamize

Examples from the Web for paving

Contemporary Examples of paving

Historical Examples of paving

  • Let Old Eaton have his way, if thereby they might beguile him into paving theirs.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • It seemed as if the sun-rays could never reach that paving, mouldy with damp.

  • It is said that the Romans learned from the Carthaginians the art of paving roads.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • As far as these trees and these paving stones were concerned, it had worked nothing.

  • Unwillingly, he pulled at the controls and the flier raised from the paving.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

British Dictionary definitions for paving



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


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 Formspaver, noun

Word Origin for pave

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



a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for paving



early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

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