tarmac

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Etymology[edit]

Clipping of tarmacadam, which is tar +‎ macadam (crushed stones).

Noun[edit]

tarmac (countable and uncountable, plural tarmacs)

  1. (Britain, Canada) The bituminous surface of a road.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, “3/1/1”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      How meek and shrunken did that haughty Tarmac become as it slunk by the wide circle of asphalt of the yellow sort, that was loosely strewn before the great iron gates of Lady Hall as a forerunner of the consideration that awaited the guests of Rupert, Earl of Kare, [] .
  2. (informal, aviation) The area of an airport, other than the runway, where planes park or maneuver.

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tarmac (third-person singular simple present tarmacs, present participle tarmacking or tarmacing or tarmaccing, simple past and past participle tarmacked or tarmaced or tarmacced)

  1. (Britain, Canada) To pave.
  2. (aviation) To spend time idling on a runway, usually waiting for takeoff clearance.
    • 1989, Donald F. Wood & James C. Johnson, Contemporary Transportation[3], →ISBN, page 213:
      "It is not unusual these days for the time spent tarmacking to exceed the time spent in the air, " said Senator John Danforth, R-Mo.

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tarmac m (plural tarmacs)

  1. tarmac (part of airport)

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English, a clipping of tarmacadam. Genericized trademark.


Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English tarmac.

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tarmac m (genitive singular tarmac)

  1. tarmac

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