- a brand of bituminous binder, similar to tarmacadam, for surfacing roads, airport runways, parking areas, etc.
- (lowercase) a road, airport runway, parking area, etc., paved with Tarmac, tarmacadam, or a layer of tar.
- (lowercase) a layer or covering of Tarmac, tarmacadam, or tar.
Examples from the Web for tarmac
He saluted the Marines standing guard on the tarmac with his right hand—the hand with the coffee cup in it.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right
September 25, 2014
Only 101 lives were lost by the two air forces and most of those were not caused by crashes but by accidents on the tarmac.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
We all grabbed our gear, lined up, and walked across the tarmac.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan
May 1, 2014
Upon landing, he was reportedly spotted wandering the tarmac with only a comb in his pocket.How to Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive
April 22, 2014
The couple were met on the tarmac by Tony Abbott, the prime minister.New Pictures As Prince George Arrives in Australia
April 16, 2014
On this tarmac was a flight of shining airplanes, ready to take off.
Nearly all our bombs fell on the tarmac, and they did hardly any damage at all.
He looked at the two-place sailplane which sat on the tarmac.Mercenary
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Something was squatting on the tarmac close to the petrol tank.Berry And Co.
He went out and took the slide-stair down to the tarmac where squad ship 390 waited in standard police readiness.A Matter of Importance
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- a paving material that consists of crushed stone rolled and bound with a mixture of tar and bitumen, esp as formerly used for a road, airport runway, etcFull name: tarmacadam (ˌtɑːməˈkædəm) See also macadam
- the tarmac a runway at an airporton the tarmac at Nairobi airport
- (tr) (usually not capital) to apply tarmac to
Word Origin and History for tarmac
1903 as a trademark name, short for tarmacadam (1882) "pavement created by spraying tar over crushed stone," from tar (n.1) + John Latin McAdam (see macadam). By 1919, tarmac was being used generally in Great Britain for "runway."