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tr.v. paved, pav·ing, paves
1. To cover with a pavement.
2. To cover uniformly, as if with pavement.
3. To be or compose the pavement of.
pave the way
To make progress or development easier: experiments that paved the way for future research.

[Middle English paven, from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre, to beat, tread down; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

pav′er n.


 (pă-vā′, păv′ā)
A setting of precious stones placed together so closely that no metal shows: diamonds in pavé.

[French, from past participle of paver, to pave, from Old French; see pave.]

pa·vé adj.


1. (Civil Engineering) (of a road, path, etc) covered with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
2. covered with a hard layer of something
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.paved - covered with a firm surface
unpaved - not having a paved surface


[peɪvd] ADJ [road] → asfaltado, pavimentado; (with flagstones, tiles) [garden, courtyard, path] → enlosado


[ˈpeɪvd] adj [yard] → pavé(e)
References in classic literature ?
There were smoothly paved streets; wondrously carved fountains, some in ruins, all now as dry as bone, but which must have been places of beauty where youths and maidens gathered in the ancient days.
This was a fountain, set round with a rim of old mossy stones, and paved, in its bed, with what appeared to be a sort of mosaic-work of variously colored pebbles.
It is as though the forehead of the Sperm Whale were paved with horses' hoofs.
Jurgis went to his dinner, and afterward he walked over to see Mike Scully, who lived in a fine house, upon a street which had been decently paved and lighted for his especial benefit.
Around the fountain ran a walk, paved with a mosaic of pebbles, laid in various fanciful patterns; and this, again, was surrounded by turf, smooth as green velvet, while a carriage-drive enclosed the whole.
There was an exchange of bugle blasts; then a parley from the walls, where men-at-arms, in hauberk and morion, marched back and forth with halberd at shoulder under flapping banners with the rude figure of a dragon displayed upon them; and then the great gates were flung open, the drawbridge was lowered, and the head of the cavalcade swept forward under the frowning arches; and we, following, soon found ourselves in a great paved court, with towers and turrets stretching up into the blue air on all the four sides; and all about us the dismount was going on, and much greeting and ceremony, and running to and fro, and a gay display of moving and intermingling colors, and an altogether pleasant stir and noise and confusion.
The streets were narrow and roughly paved, and there was not a sidewalk or a street-lamp anywhere.
He hailed me to follow him, and, after marching through a wash-house, and a paved area containing a coal-shed, pump, and pigeon-cot, we at length arrived in the huge, warm, cheerful apartment where I was formerly received.
In the gloomy tile- paved entry to the gloomy tile-paved staircase, Monsieur Defarge bent down on one knee to the child of his old master, and put her hand to his lips.
The fireplace was an old one, built by some Dutch merchant long ago, and paved all round with quaint Dutch tiles, designed to illustrate the Scriptures.
Spenlow conducted me through a paved courtyard formed of grave brick houses, which I inferred, from the Doctors' names upon the doors, to be the official abiding-places of the learned advocates of whom Steerforth had told me; and into a large dull room, not unlike a chapel to my thinking, on the left hand.
It was paved and clean, but grass was growing in every crevice.