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tarmac (plural tarmacs)
- (Britain, Canada) The bituminous surface of a road.
1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 3/1/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
- 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, […] .
- (aviation) The area of an airport where planes park or maneuver.
- The tarmac is any area of an airfield that is paved. It is often used to describe planes that are still sitting on a paved surface due to some sort of delay.
bituminous road surface
- (Britain, Canada) To pave.
- 2014, Taking the rough with the smooth: Bolton residents anger over half-tarmaced road, ITV Granada:
- Residents in Bolton are angry after workmen tarmaced only one half of their road leaving the other half strewn with potholes.
- (aviation) To spend time idling on a runway, usually waiting for takeoff clearance.
tarmac m (genitive singular tarmac)
Declension of tarmac