asphalt

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English[edit]

Bitumen.jpg
asphalt concrete (2) for road surfacing

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin asphaltum, from Ancient Greek ἄσφαλτος (ásphaltos, asphalt, bitumen).[1] Displaced native Old English eorþteoru.

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asphalt (countable and uncountable, plural asphalts)

  1. A sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid, composed almost entirely of bitumen, that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits.
    Synonym: bitumen
    • 1914, Thomas Hugh Boorman, Asphalts, their sources and utilizations, OCLC 1039966507, page 9:
      Felltham wrote in the beginning of the 17th century of the “Bitumated walls of Babylon;” the source of its supply, the fountains of Is, on a tributary of the Euphrates, still yields asphalt.
  2. Ellipsis of asphalt concrete, a hard ground covering used for roads and walkways.
    Synonym: tarmac

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asphalt (third-person singular simple present asphalts, present participle asphalting, simple past and past participle asphalted)

  1. (transitive) To pave with asphalt.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “asphalt”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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