• walking on the pavement
    walking on the pavement
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pavement the paved surface of a thoroughfare
    • n pavement walk consisting of a paved area for pedestrians; usually beside a street or roadway
    • n pavement material used to pave an area
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person will burn 7 percent more calories if they walk on hard dirt compared to pavement
    • n Pavement That with which anything is 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."
    • v. t Pavement To furnish with a pavement; to pave. "How richly pavemented !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humphrey O'Sullivan invented the rubber heel because he was tired of pounding the pavements of Boston looking for a job.
    • n pavement A floor or surface-covering of flags, stones, tiles, or bricks, usually laid in cement, but sometimes merely on a foundation of earth, or, particularly in ancient examples, accurately fitted in masonry without artificial bond; also, such a covering made of concrete (see concrete, n., 3), and sometimes of wood. Pavements are often made in a mosaic of stone, more or less artistic in character, or of glazed or unglazed tiles, sometimes by their color or decoration forming elaborate designs. See also cut under encaustic.
    • n pavement The material of which such a flooring is made: as, the pavement is tile.
    • n pavement The flagged or paved footway on each side of a street; a sidewalk.
    • n pavement In anatomy and zoö., a paved structure; a formation like pavement.
    • n pavement In coal-mining, the seam of fire-clay which usually underlies a seam of coal.
    • pavement To pave; floor with stone, bricks, tiles, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pavement a paved road, floor, or side-walk, or that with which it is paved
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  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement.”
  • W. R. Whitney
    W. R. Whitney
    “In the advance of civilization, it is new knowledge which paves the way, and the pavement is eternal.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. pavamentum, L. pavimentum,. See Pave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paver—L. pavīre, to beat hard; cog. with Gr. paiein, to beat.


In literature:

Over west of the washed-out portion of the city not even the broken fragments of these pavements are left.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
At the first lighted lanterns on Rue du Chateau, she would fall from her dream to the pavement.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
The tombstones of those whose remains rest here, form the pavement of the arcades.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
The water would pour like a river over the sloping pavement and strike violently against each angle.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Peter handed her gravely across the pavement into his waiting motor-car.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
At that moment a policeman came walking along the pavement.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
The woman smiled sweetly and drove to the edge of the pavement.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
No, nor walking the pavements of the cities!
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
The pavement of this presbytery is worthy of particular attention.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
Opposite to Maple Cottage there was a large tree, and underneath it, barely visible from the pavement, a low wooden seat.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant

In poetry:

As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
The pavement bounds—the church resounds,
The rush is at the gate;
The coursers prance—the chariots glance,
And rings the pious plate.
"The Walk Home From Beldagon" by Ernest Jones
On pavements by the kneeling herdsmen worn
The drifting fleeces of the shells are rolled
Above the Saints a village Christ forlorn,
Wounded again, looks down upon his fold.
"The Fallen Spire [A Flemish Village]" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Upon the pavement sunk the Bride
Cold as a corpse, and fainting!
The pearly clasp, self-bursting, show'd
Her beating side, where crimson glow'd
Three spots, of nature's painting.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
A policeman came along and saw her sweetly sleeping,
On the pavement at midnight alone.
He gently picked her up and took her to the station,
This poor little wanderer far away from home.
"Lost and Found" by Julia A Moore
Now that life would rest again
Soft she lies in gold and brown,
Brown the fields and gold the grain,
Brown the little pools of rain,
Gold the leaves that falter down
To brown pavements in the town.
"Gold" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

The D25980K Pavement Breaker with Hammer Truck and Steel from DeWalt includes 61 Ft-lbs impact energy which provides maximum performance.
The money will pay for replacements, repairs and pavement treatments for more than 150 miles of roads and 16 bridges .
Whether it was a personal journey or just for fun, everyone was psyched to hit the pavement.
From July 30 through Monday morning, August 6, overnight from 9 pm until 6 am, the ramp from southbound US 23 to eastbound I-475 will be closed for pavement repairs.
Here, the pros and cons of other options for the cooler pavement of the future.
Jerome Nearly is pounding the pavement and getting the word about a cash reward.
Several Warren Street intersections are dotted with white pavement markers to show project planners and citizens alike how bulb-outs reconfigure the street.
More than 4,000 runners pounded the pavement in a slew of races ranging from a marathon to a family–friendly kiddie race.
The candidates have pounded the pavement, kissed babies and hugged constitutes.
Because I had a pressing need to know, I asked and was informed that the dozens of pumpkins would be scraped off the pavement and taken away to be composted .
The Minnesota State Patrol says wet pavement played a role in that crash.
The Scion FR-S has only 200 horsepower, but its lack of steroidal, pavement-searing power is actually a key component of its winning personality.
Night on pavement shows solidarity with homeless.
Especially when they are seared into the pavement of some 110 crosswalks at the city's most dangerous intersections.
While on a bike ride across the Narrows bridge this morning my eyes drifted up from the pavement to a sign on the eastern shoreline.

In science:

It is convenient to suppose that the Markovian pavement P0 is “reversible”.
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
Markov pavement for the ε–independent map S0 ), we see that Aω,u (σ) is analytic in ε at fixed (ω , σ) and H¨older continuous in (ω , σ) and therefore in ξ .
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
For higher densities selforganizing phenomena occur. A typical example is the stratification of pavement walkers into layers for different direction .
Walkers on the circle
We consider parallel moving pavements with different fixed speeds, independently chosen at the beginning with the same distribution.
A local limit theorem for random walks in random scenery and on randomly oriented lattices
We study the random walk (Mn , n ≥ 0) representing the position of a walker who at each time stays on the same moving pavement with probability p ∈ (0, 1), or jumps to another one with probability 1 − p.
A local limit theorem for random walks in random scenery and on randomly oriented lattices