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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.

  1. 1 Covered in pavement; having a hard surface, as of concrete or asphalt. 2 (context figuratively English) Laid out or made, as intentions, desires, plans, etc. v

  2. (en-past of: pave)


adj. covered with a firm surface [ant: unpaved]


Usage examples of "paved".

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.

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.

There were six odd metal and plastic rectangular doohickeys aligned at intervals in the paved area.

William and I sat with the cold coffee cups from lunch, in the little paved court yard Flora has made off the dining room, hearing car doors bang and the eager pitch of welcome, the breathy laughter and African organnote murmur of polite responses, and the enumerative intoning by which introductions could be recognized without names being audible to us.

This cathedral among the moors, with its massive masonry, its dark oak carving, its fragments of gorgeous glass, its ghostly hatchments and banners, and its aisles paved with the tombstones of the dead, was a new revelation.