Macadamize Mac*ad"am*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Macadamized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Macadamizing}.] [From John Loudon McAdam, who introduced the process into Great Britain in 1816.] To cover, as a road, or street, parking lot, playground, or other flat area, with {macadam}, so as to form a smooth, hard, convex surface.

Syn: tarmac. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • macadamize — (v.) 1826, from MACADAM (Cf. macadam) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Macadamized; macadamizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • macadamize — (Amer.) mac ad·am·ize || mÉ™ kædÉ™maɪz v. macadamise, pave a road or other surface with macadam (layers of broken stones) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • macadamize — [mə kad′ə mīz΄] vt. macadamized, macadamizing 1. to make (a road) by rolling successive layers of macadam on a dry earth roadbed 2. to repair or cover (a road) with macadam …   English World dictionary

  • macadamize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1824 to construct or finish (a road) by compacting into a solid mass a layer of small broken stone on a convex well drained roadbed and using a binder (as cement or asphalt) for the mass …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • macadamize — macadamization, n. /meuh kad euh muyz /, v.t., macadamized, macadamizing. to pave by laying and compacting successive layers of broken stone, often with asphalt or hot tar. Also, esp. Brit., macadamise. [1815 25; MACADAM + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • macadamize — verb To cover, as a road, or street, with small, broken stones, so as to form a smooth, hard, convex surface …   Wiktionary

  • Macadamize —    , TARMAC    What pleasure would you get from a sleek, fast automobile if the road you were driving on was filled with ruts and puddles of water? You couldn t make much time, and what time you did make would be uncomfortable. The man who saved… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • macadamize — mac·ad·am·ize …   English syllables

  • macadamize — mac•ad•am•ize [[t]məˈkæd əˌmaɪz[/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing civ to pave by compacting broken stone, often with asphalt or tar • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • macadamize —   Ho ounu. See pave …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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