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paving stone
▪ The 1770s house had become a boarding house and the eighteenth-century garden paved over as the city bus station.
▪ Mission Valley was being paved over and a freeway would soon be open all the way to Los Angeles.
▪ What they fear is inevitable growth and change: The paving over of the California of their past.
▪ She should be declared a public nuisance and paved over for a parking lot.
▪ Here where the streets are not paved with gold, but with garbage.
▪ Some had been told the streets were paved of gold.
▪ They say it's paved with gold.
▪ But for one weekend at least, the streets of Silverstone are paved with gold.
▪ With time, the government grants a DeFacto recognition by installing running water, electricity, and by paving the roads.
▪ Horsemen gallop along a paved road, slowing to offer tourists a trek to the Sphinx.
▪ Recent models of Toyotas drive along paved roads instead of pot-holed mud tracks.
▪ An autonomous land vehicle, for instance, would not be autonomous if it could only operate on paved roads.
▪ Can you imagine driving 49 miles on a good, paved road in California and not seeing another car?
▪ You need to pave the roads.
▪ For Motijhil boasts paved roads, electricity, a proper drinking water supply and sewage.
▪ There were few paved roads, and most of the roads were so narrow only one car could pass.
▪ York, among many towns which have pedestrianised their centres, has paved many of its streets without adverse effect.
▪ There are no paved streets, sewage, electricity or water services.
▪ They pass a long, winding crack in the paved street he does re-member.
▪ The streets were dismal, a far cry from the paved streets and brick sidewalks of Philadelphia.
▪ The Ports Act 1991 has paved the way for this privatisation of the Trust Ports by competitive tender.
▪ But the Black-Scholes model paved the way for wide use throughout the financial community.
▪ And this does, of course, pave the way for all manner of hilarious aircraft-undercarriage impressions at parties.
▪ These two studies paved the way for opening the doors of the premature nursery to parents.
▪ The mouse is exceptionally good and paves the way for its use in future game titles.
▪ It may have paved the way for the 1992 election of Democrat Bill Clinton.
▪ Whitehall appeared earlier to pave the way for the change by softening its line on public spending.
▪ The recommendations at the end of this chapter may help parents pave the way.
▪ The recommendations at the end of this chapter may help parents pave the way.
clear/pave/open/prepare etc the way (for sth)
▪ Earlier legislation paved the way by limiting the use of custody as a penalty for offenders under the age of twenty-one.
▪ He believes the Government has missed the opportunity to pave the way for badly needed investment.
▪ He gave as an example some of the early work in genetics which has paved the way for biotechnological developments.
▪ She would pave the way for a much more slender ideal: the flapper.
▪ Such developments are paving the way to rapprochement between conventional and complementary medicine.
▪ Was he paving the way for another referendum?
▪ When Ken wants to give his girlfriend a kiss he first calls in a construction team to clear the way.
▪ The road through the valley was only paved last year.
▪ If both you and the other person can find something to laugh about together it paves the way for a harmonious transaction.
▪ Not only were the streets impeccably paved, clean and lined with inviting shops, they were flanked by bike lanes.
▪ The Ports Act 1991 has paved the way for this privatisation of the Trust Ports by competitive tender.
▪ They merely pave the way for an increasing proportion of those emissions to come from the burning of imported coal.
▪ Two thousand sick and injured soldiers were laid like paving stones in four miles of corridors.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pave \Pave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paved; p. pr. & vb. n. Paving.] [F. paver to pave, LL. pavare, from L. pavire to beat, ram, or tread down; cf. Gr. ? to beat, strike.]

  1. To lay or cover with stone, brick, or other material, so as to make a firm, level, or convenient surface for horses, carriages, or persons on foot, to travel on; to floor with brick, stone, or other solid material; as, to pave a street; to pave a court.

    With silver paved, and all divine with gold.

    To pave thy realm, and smooth the broken ways.

  2. Fig.: To make smooth, easy, and safe; to prepare, as a path or way; as, to pave the way to promotion; to pave the way for an enterprise.

    It might open and pave a prepared way to his own title.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cognates: Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.


vb. 1 (context British English) To cover something with paving slabs. 2 (context Canada US English) To cover with stone, concrete, blacktop or other solid covering, especially to aid travel.


n. 1 A paved surface, a pavement (now only in French contexts). 2 A setting of gemstones such that no metal is visible, especially when the stones are set very close together. 3 Any of various food items having a rectangular shape.

  1. n. a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows

  2. v. cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic; "pave the roads in the village"


Pave may refer to:

  • Pavement (disambiguation)
  • Stonesetting method
  • Pavé (road surface)
  • Pave Maijanen, a Finnish musician
  • Zaspal Pave, Croatian folk song

Paves may refer to:

  • Paves, Lombard troubadour (poet) of the first half of the thirteenth century
  • Ken Pavés, a hair stylist known for his work with a variety of high profile clients

PAVE may refer to:

  • PAVE, a United States military electronic system
  • Venetie Airport (ICAO location indicator: PAVE), in Venetie, Alaska, United States

Pavé may refer to:

  • A cut of rump beef

Usage examples of "pave".

The middle part of the road was raised into a terrace which commanded the adjacent country, consisted of several strata of sand, gravel, and cement, and was paved with large stones, or, in some places near the capital, with granite.

Where, a second earlier, there had been a squad of InfiniDim Enterprises executives with a rocket launcher standing on an elegant terraced plaza paved with large slabs of lustrous stone cut from the ancient alabastrum quarries of Zentalquabula there was now, instead, a bit of a pit with nasty bits in it.

We covered the six kilometers in ten minutes and turned off the saltway onto a paved ramp that led through a cluster of homes -- white stone this time, not adobe -- and then Alem and the other man furled the sail and pedaled the windcycle slowly along the cobblestone street that ran between the homes and the canal-river.

Spilled coals were scattered across the paving slabs and atop the rumpled velvet, burning holes in the rich pile, and the glass alembic was now a jagged splash of greenish shards.

But as they left the beautifully landscaped road that had carried them from the airport to the city and turned off into the urban residential district he saw that the splendor was, unsurprisingly, a fraud of the usual Alvarado kind: the avenues had been paved, all right, but they were reverting to nature again, cracking and upheaving as the swelling roots of the bombacho trees and the candelero palms that had been planted down the central dividers ripped them apart.

It happened to be the Gayatri mantra, that most sublime of all verses, the sloka that paved the way for all auspicious beginnings.

The city previously leased Bicentennial to promoter Ralph Sanchez, who paved it for a Grand Prix.

I passed in under an archway, leading Bor into a paved place enclosed by outbuildings and lit with torches.

Striking through the foliage of the yews and hollies, it spread upon the path and upon the paved space of the Bosquet, a flowered carpet in which the flowers were moonlight upon a groundwork of shadow.

They passed the filteration plant, the city mule barns, and then Bowie turned back east and presently they were on a paved, residential street.

Hauling the cases himself, Bugget fell in behind the rest as they marched up the paved road to the bottling plant.

The streets are not wide, they are paved with cabbles, omnibuses rattle over these, in some streets your life is imperilled by steam trams, in others you find great comfort in the cable or electric trams.

As for the bridges, churches, the arsenal, the exchange, the town hall, the twelve town gates, and the rest, I could not take pleasure in a town where the streets are not paved, and where a public promenade is conspicuous by its absence.

The other trader flung himself sideways, cowering on the paving stones.

Festival Committee, the group who first had the idea of paving Saturn with hot-hydrogen balloons -- but over the course of a complete diurn, almost forty thousand seconds, a pattern begins to emerge.