pavement
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈpeɪvmənt/
Noun

pavement (uncountable)

  1. (dated) Any paved floor.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold.
  2. (chiefly, British, India) A paved footpath, especially at the side of a road.
  3. (US) Any paved exterior surface, as of a road or sidewalk.
    • 1991, Airpower Journal 1911 (page 45)
      The antirunway munitions are specifically designed to cause maximum destruction to airfield pavements.
  4. The interior flooring, especially when of stone, of large buildings such as a cathedral.
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