Meaning of ASPHALT in English

ASPHALT

— asphaltic , adj. — asphaltlike , adj.

/as"fawlt/ or, esp. Brit., /-falt/ , n.

1. any of various dark-colored, solid, bituminous substances, native in various areas of the earth and composed mainly of hydrocarbon mixtures.

2. a similar substance that is the by-product of petroleum-cracking operations.

3. a mixture of such substances with gravel, crushed rock, or the like, used for paving.

v.t.

4. to cover or pave with asphalt.

adj.

5. of, pertaining to, or containing asphalt: asphalt tile.

[ 1275-1325; earlier asphaltos, -um ásphaltos, -on, akin to asphalízein to make firm, to secure; r. ME aspaltoun ásphalton ]

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