Meaning of ASPHALT in English

ASPHALT

I. ˈas-ˌfȯlt also ˈash-, especially Brit -ˌfalt noun

also as·phal·tum as-ˈfȯl-təm, especially Brit -ˈfal-

Etymology: Middle English aspalt, from Late Latin aspaltus, from Greek asphaltos

Date: 14th century

1. : a dark bituminous substance that is found in natural beds and is also obtained as a residue in petroleum refining and that consists chiefly of hydrocarbons

2. : an asphaltic composition used for pavements and as a waterproof cement

• as·phal·tic as-ˈfȯl-tik, especially Brit -ˈfal- adjective

II. transitive verb

Date: circa 1859

: to cover with asphalt : pave 1

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