Definition of pavement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪvmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪvmənt//
    Features of roads
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  1. 1[countable] (British English) (North American English sidewalk) a flat part at the side of a road for people to walk on a pavement cafe Don’t ride your bike on the pavement! See related entries: Features of roads
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] any area of flat stones on the ground a mosaic pavement
  3. 3[uncountable] (North American English) the surface of a road Two cars skidded on the icy pavement. See related entries: Features of roads
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin pavimentum ‘trodden down floor’, from pavire ‘beat, tread down’.Extra examples The car mounted the pavement and crashed into a lamp post. There was a car parked on the pavement and we couldn’t get by. A bus mounted the pavement and hit her. A narrow pavement ran along the side of the road. A parked car was blocking the pavement. He put his backpack down on the pavement. He ran across to the other pavement. The man suddenly stepped off the pavement into the road. There are plenty of attractive restaurants and pavement cafes. There were photographers outside on the pavement. They stood on the pavement handing out leaflets.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pavement