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. [1913 Webster]

With silver paved, and all divine with gold. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

To pave thy realm, and smooth the broken ways. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

It might open and pave a prepared way to his own title. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Paving — Pav ing, n. 1. The act or process of laying a pavement, or covering some place with a pavement. [1913 Webster] 2. A pavement. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paving — [pā′viŋ] n. 1. a pavement 2. material for a pavement …   English World dictionary

  • paving — [[t]pe͟ɪvɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft supp N Paving is flat blocks of stone or concrete covering an area. In the centre of the paving stood a statue. ...concrete paving …   English dictionary

  • paving — noun 1. the act of applying paving materials to an area • Syn: ↑pavage • Derivationally related forms: ↑pave • Hypernyms: ↑application, ↑coating, ↑covering 2. the paved surface of a thorou …   Useful english dictionary

  • paving — pav|ing [ˈpeıvıŋ] n 1.) [U] material used to form a hard level surface on a path, road, area etc ▪ brick paving 2.) [U] an area covered in a hard level surface such as blocks of stone or ↑concrete 3.) a paving stone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • paving — /ˈpeɪvɪŋ/ (say payving) noun 1. the act or technique of paving. 2. a pavement. 3. material for paving. –adjective 4. of or relating to a pavement …   Australian English dictionary

  • paving — /pay ving/, n. 1. a pavement. 2. material for paving. 3. the laying of a pavement. [1400 50; late ME; see PAVE, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • paving — noun Paving is used before these nouns: ↑slab, ↑stone …   Collocations dictionary

  • paving — noun 1 (U) material used to form a hard, level surface on a path, road, area etc 2 (U) any kind of paved pave surface 3 (C) a paving stone …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • paving — UK [ˈpeɪvɪŋ] / US noun [uncountable] 1) bricks, blocks of stone, or concrete used for covering an area of ground 2) an area of ground covered with a hard surface, especially one in which bricks or blocks of stone form a pattern See: crazy paving …   English dictionary

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