Meaning of ASPHALT in English


Pronunciation: ' as- ˌ fo ̇ lt also ' ash-, esp Brit - ˌ falt

Variant: also as · phal · tum \ as- ' fo ̇ l-t ə m, esp Brit - ' fal- \

Function: noun

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- ' fo ̇ l-tik, esp Brit - ' fal- \ adjective

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