• WordNet 3.6
    • v pave cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic "pave the roads in the village"
    • n pave a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The United States has paved enough roads to circle the Earth over 150 times.
    • Pave Fig.: To make smooth, easy, and safe; to prepare, as a path or way; as, to pave the way to promotion; to pave the way for an enterprise. "It might open and pave a prepared way to his own title."
    • n Pavé The pavement.
    • Pave To lay or cover with stone, brick, or other material, so as to make a firm, level, or convenient surface for vehicles, horses, carriages, or persons on foot, to travel on; to floor with brick, stone, or other solid material; as, to pave a street; to pave a court. "With silver paved , and all divine with gold.""To pave thy realm, and smooth the broken ways."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to pave a two lane highway from San Francisco to New York
    • pave To cover or lay with blocks of stone or wood, or with bricks, tiles, etc., regularly disposed, and set firmly in their places so as to make a hard level surface; in general, to cover with any kind of pavement: as, to pave a street; to pave the courtyard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prior to 1907, when the United States started mass production of asphalt from crude oil, the roads were paved from asphalt bought from Trinidad, which had a pitch lake that was the world’s first large commercial source of natural asphalt.
    • v.t Pave pāv to lay down stone, &c., to form a level surface for walking on: to prepare, as a way or passage: to make easy and smooth in any way
    • adj Pave employed or spent for paving
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  • David J. Schwartz
    “Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”
  • Marsha Sinetar
    Marsha Sinetar
    “Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.”
  • William M. Holden
    William M. Holden
    “Hell is paved with good Samaritans.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.”


Road to hell is paved with good intentions - When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paver, to pave, LL. pavare, from L. pavire, to beat, ram, or tread down; cf. Gr. pai`ein to beat, strike


In literature:

Once inside the portal, we found ourselves in a large courtyard paved with stone and surrounded by two-story galleried buildings.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
He would have liked to pave the entire apartment with gold.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
From the distance could be heard the noise of a cart on the paved road.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
The atrium is paved with mosaic.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Moreover, the paved esplanade had its place in the general economy.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
We spent all day getting ready for it as it was to be a hard march along a stone paved road.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The buildings of the hotel formed a spacious quadrangle, three storeys high, with a finely paved court in the centre.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
At length we reach a broad landing paved with stone.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
Great pains had been taken to have the streets well paved and lighted.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
The houses were low, mean, and dark looking; the street was narrow and roughly paved.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne

In poetry:

I am he
who paved the way,
that you might walk
at your ease to-day;
"Old Botany Bay" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
The giant woods with yellow leaves
The blighted turf had paved,
And o'er the brown and arid fields
No golden harvest waved;
"The Pigrim's Fast" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
He could not tell the way he came,
Because his chart was lost:
Yet all his way was paved with flame
From the bourne he crossed.
"Sandy Star And Willie Gee" by William Stanley Braithwaite
Send down a chariot from above,
With fiery wheels, and paved with love
Raise us beyond th' ethereal blue,
To sing and love as angels do.
"Hymn 43 part 1" by Isaac Watts
The pearl of innocence, once lost,
Can never be replaced
Upon the brow its whiteness graced:
Yet unto swine such pearls are tossed;
And earth is paved with gems of cost,
Scattered in spendthrift waste.
"Purified." by Lucy Larcom
Thee, on the bosom laid
Of a pure virgin mind,
In quiet ever, and in shade,
Shepherd and sage may find;
They, who have bowed untaught to Nature's sway,
And they, who follow Truth along her star-paved way.
"Christmas Day" by John Keble

In news:

Dot-Com Deaths Pave the Way for Sybase.
William Harrison, owner of Pro Paving, apparently did a not-so-pro job.
A scammer offers to pave your driveway, but never gets it done.
San Diego's City Council cast a unanimous vote Monday against a process that would pave the way for a new power plant in the Mission Trails area.
Paves way to higher safety awareness.
The history of the Negro Leagues has returned to the Harlem neighborhood that it once called home in an art exhibit highlighting some of the barrier-breaking baseball players who paved the way for others.
City paving way for recreation center at former Hixson Middle School.
1.5 from the loop to the paved road.
Caterpillar's cold planers for Cat skid steer loaders are designed for small paving jobs in residential and commercial applications.
Paving warm-mix style eliminates need for fiber added to porous friction course.
Police collar paving protestor .
Louis Schultz called the police to stop what he calls the unauthorized paving of a street in Woolen Mills.
10 Proto -'Pluto' Records That Paved the Way for Future.
The streets of America were never paved with gold, but now some of its sidewalks are made of rubber.
This season seems identical, except for the flurry of sudden (and surprising) paving of some dirt roads.

In science:

Although this first star would be too faint to detect with current technology, brighter sources can pave the way to discover more primitive objects than the presently known most distant galaxies at z ⬵ 6.5.
The Dark Age of the Universe
Lo (editors), ”Scalable quantum computers, Paving the Way to Realization”, Wiley-VCH, Berlin, 2001.
Why Quantum Information Processing
This paper constructs pavings by affine spaces for the affine Springer fibers for P GL(3) obtained from regular compact elements in a split maximal torus.
Affine pavings for affine Springer fibers for split elements in PGL(3)
These pavings are constructed by intersecting the affine Springer fiber with a non-standard paving of the affine Grassmannian.
Affine pavings for affine Springer fibers for split elements in PGL(3)
In section 2.2 we develop for each integer a ≥ 0 a non-standard paving of X by affine spaces, referred to as the a-paving of X .
Affine pavings for affine Springer fibers for split elements in PGL(3)