(French), from (Late Latin) pavamentum, (Latin) pavimentum. See Pave.
That with which anythingis paved; a floor or covering of solid material, laid so as to make a hard and convenient surface for travel; a paved road or sidewalk; a decorative interior floor of tiles or colored bricks. The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold. Milton. Pavement teeth (Zoölogy), flattened teeth which in certain fishes, as the skates and cestracionts, are arranged side by side, like tiles in a pavement.
To furnish with a pavement; to pave. (obsolete) "How richly pavemented!" Bishop Hall.
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Middle English, from Old French pavement, from Latin pavimentum (“a hard surface, a pounded surface”), from pavire (“to beat, to ram, to tread down”)
(footpath): sidewalk (US), footpath, footway, platform (surface of road): roadway (UK), road surface (UK); paving
pavement (usually uncountable, plural pavements) Any paved floor. Milton The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold. (chiefly UK) A paved footpath, especially at the side of a road. 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, The China Governess: Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall. Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house. (US, uncountable) Paved exterior surface, as with a road or sidewalk. The interior flooring, especially when of stone, of large buildings such as a cathedral.
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