paving

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n paving the act of applying paving materials to an area
    • n paving the paved surface of a thoroughfare
    • n paving material used to pave an area
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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.
    • Paving A pavement.
    • Paving The act or process of laying a pavement, or covering some place with a pavement.
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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
    • n paving The laying of floors, streets, etc., with pavement, Pavement.
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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.
    • Paving the act of laying pavement: pavement
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Quotations

  • David J. Schwartz
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    “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
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    “Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.”
  • Heywood Broun
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    “Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.”
  • William M. Holden
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    “Hell is paved with good Samaritans.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.”

Idioms

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.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paver—L. pavīre, to beat hard; cog. with Gr. paiein, to beat.

Usage

In literature:

None of the streets are paved, and mud and dust reign supreme.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
At that time everybody was turned out into a brick-paved yard, the boys on one side of a high fence, the girls on the other.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
We found ourselves in a great court paved with white marble and decorated at each end with light Moorish peristyles.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
The roads paved in some places by logs of wood thrown across.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
The walks were smoothly paved and shaded by trees of enormous size.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
With what are the rivers, lakes and seas paved?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
From Trinidad is obtained the asphaltum, or natural tar, that is used for street paving.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
It was originally surrounded by two large paved platforms, the inner one being raised above the other.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
It was apparently railed in; some of the stones of which it was made were used in paving Whitehall.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
Another great cause of commotion is, that they have been paving the lane by which the house is approached, ever since we returned from Rome.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
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In poetry:

I envy every Southern night
That paves her path with moonbeams white,
And silvers all the leaves for her,
And in their shadow weaves for her
A dream of dear delight.
"A Lover's Envy" by Henry Van Dyke
God looks into the tide,
Angel and demon troubled, of a man's mind;
And if my alms are scattered far and wide,
Only my love to find,
Only to pave a path to reach her side--
"Motives" by Marietta Holley
LO! for this dark terrestrial ball
Forsakes his azure-paved hall
A prince of heav'nly birth!
Divine Humanity behold,
What wonders rise, what charms unfold
At his descent to earth!
"An Hymn To Humanity To S. P. G. Esp;" by Phillis Wheatley
When ol' Sis Judy die — Froo triberlations justerfied,
I know de gates will des fly wide
An' wid King Jesus by huh side,
Straight froo dem gold-paved streets she'll ride,
When ol' Sis' Judy die!
"When Ol' Sis' Judy Pray" by James Edwin Campbell
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
What though we are to fortune born
And all our paths are paved with gold ?
We flaunt our folly up to scorn,
Because we keep not what we hold:
Why should we rob our right of birth
To foster all the breeds of earth ?
"The Prodigals" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

Martin paves her own way and seeks to empower other women.
UNDATED — Snow and freezing temps are near and it has MnDOT construction crews scrambling to finish paving projects around the region.
Paving work continues on Interstate 94 between Collegeville and Albany.
THE satirist Karl Kraus once described turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna as a city whose streets were paved not with asphalt but with culture.
And Afghanistan, with only a handful of paved roads, has a lot of dirt.
NEW YORK — American Airlines and its pilots union have reached an agreement in principle over a new contract, which could ultimately pave the way for the airline to exit bankruptcy.
State police say a truck driver wasn't paying attention when he plowed into a line of cars stopping for a paving project in upstate New York last month, killing six people.
UK research paves way to a scalable device for quantum information processing .
SOUTH POINT — A $330,000 federal grant is paving the way for the expansion of a Utah-based company to South Point, bringing with it 50 new jobs.
Boxing paving its own road to irrelevance .
San Rafael author Karp paves the road for people with disabilities.
A new grant will pave the way for an expanded Killingly summer reading program aimed at maintaining elementary students' skills throughout the school break.
The path to true love may be paved with glossy pages.
WASHINGTON, Oct 17— President Bush said today that the blitz of American air attacks in Afghanistan was intended to pave the way for anti-Taliban forces on the ground to defeat the government.
Research published today by materials engineers from the University of Leeds could help pave the way towards 100% lead-free electronics.
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In science:

The purpose of this letter is to pave the way towards a systematic study of the quantization of Lovelock gravity.
Geometrodynamics of spherically symmetric Lovelock gravity
Our analysis paves the way for further understanding of generic Lovelock black holes.
Geometrodynamics of spherically symmetric Lovelock gravity
In reality, even this is the direction we would go, this is not exactly the path we really pave.
Zeta functions for function fields
This value of pave is unstable however, having a negative variance (23).
Power Optimization on a Network: The effects of randomness
Since the latter are related to fractal curves emerging in several different contexts, our work paves the way to bridge between connectivity in disordered media and optimization problems where the same κ, and its corresponding central charge, are observed.
Watersheds are Schramm-Loewner Evolution curves
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