sidewalk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sidewalk walk consisting of a paved area for pedestrians; usually beside a street or roadway
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before the first French cafe in the late 1700's, coffee was sold by street vendors in Europe, in the Arab fashion. The Arabs were the forerunners of the sidewalk espresso carts of today.
    • n Sidewalk A walk for foot passengers at the side of a street or road; a foot pavement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Brandon, Mississipi it is illegal to attempt to stop someone from walking down the sidewalk by parking a motorhome in their path.
    • n sidewalk A footwalk by the side of a street or road; specifically, a paved or otherwise prepared way for pedestrians in a town, usually separated from the roadway by a curb and gutter. Also (in Great Britain nearly always) called pavement.
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Usage

In literature:

He was back the next morning, however, and that's when his unavoidable contact with Frank Corson on the sidewalk was made.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
After he had finished, he stepped out on the sidewalk.
"The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
Flat down on the sidewalk sat Teddy, the monkey clinging with its hairy arms about the little boy's neck.
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
They went down on the sidewalk, and Mr. Briggerland looked for his car.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
As she reached the sidewalk, a squall caught and nearly carried her off her feet.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
When the four lads reached the sidewalk they were almost distracted.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
When he got there he found the sidewalk in front of the tenement piled up with furniture.
"Halsey & Co." by H. K. Shackleford
But I got her on the sidewalk again, and she was grateful.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Hasn't got sidewalks inside.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The sidewalk would disappear in the night.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
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In poetry:

"So vulgar! Have you noticed, pray,
An earthly belle or dashing bride walk,
And how her flounces track her way,
Like slimy serpents on the sidewalk?
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The flat brick walls look cold and bleak,
Her bare feet to the sidewalk freeze;
Yet dares she not a shelter seek,
Though faint with hunger and disease.
"The Forlorn" by James Russell Lowell
Daily the prowling sunlight whets its knife
Along the sidewalk. We almost never meet.
In the Rembrandt dark he lifts his amber life.
My bar is somewhat further down the street.
"Third Avenue In Sunlight" by Anthony Hecht
headed straight for the door. It was autumn
by the time I got around the corner, oh all
unwilling to be either pertinent or bemused, but
the leaves were brighter than grass on the sidewalk!
"Call Me" by Frank O Hara
spire, not true, from which a man in scarlet lets
down a rope as a spider spins a thread;
he might be part of a novel, but on the sidewalk a
sign says C. J. Poole, Steeple Jack,
in black and white; and one in red
and white says
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore
O, to sail to sea in a ship!
To leave this steady, unendurable land!
To leave the tiresome sameness of the streets, the sidewalks and the
houses;
To leave you, O you solid motionless land, and entering a ship,
To sail, and sail, and sail!
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Project to create multi-use pathways will link parks, add sidewalks and improve lights and signals.
Enlarge Chris Clark chrisclark@mlive.com Aquinas College track team runners must share the sidewalk with bicyclists while on a training run along Fulton St Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
Blanketed in a thick layer of snow, the streets and sidewalks of the Elm City were quiet Wednesday.
I agree with the mayor's proposal to clean up sidewalks in Potsdam.
Lebanon City Council agreed to allow Joseph Storehouse to add storage space onto its existing food pantry without having to either build a sidewalk over sinkholes or pay a fee in lieu of the sidewalk at the regular meeting Tuesday night.
Sonya Dowdakin stands with sidewalk displays Friday, Sept 7, 2012, at her shop, Salvaged by Sonya in Rockford.
Roanoke's rules forbid bikes on sidewalks.
We're talking about the illegal selling of fruit on sidewalks around the city.
Construction markers on a Coxwell Ave sidewalk a sign of forgetfulness .
I have these plants on either side of my sidewalk.
Amy Werner, 23, was walking on the sidewalk when she and another woman were hit by an elderly driver.
A Fresh Fish Starts With a Clean Sidewalk.
As I write this, I can turn to my window and see layers of snow blanketing rooftops, yards, streets and sidewalks.
San Francisco Supervisors held another hearing on a controversial proposal to ban people from sitting or lying on city sidewalks between 7 am and 11 p.m.
Last year, following a council meeting in January, Councilor George Colella took a fall on an icy sidewalk after joining colleagues for a bit of Chinese food on Broadway.
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In science:

The comfortable and safe movement of people through corridors and on sidewalks is also of interest.
Walkers on the circle
As a personal anecdote: one of us (NL) recalls being about 8 years old and seeing city workers fixing a sidewalk approximately 100m down the street where he lived.
Physics Magic
One worker would repeatedly raise a sledgehammer above his head and then pound the sidewalk.
Physics Magic
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