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as·phalt

 (ăs′fôlt′)
n.
1. See bitumen.
2. A mixture of bitumen with crushed stone gravel or sand, used for paving or roofing.
tr.v. as·phalt·ed, as·phalt·ing, as·phalts
To pave or coat with asphalt.

[Middle English aspalt, from Medieval Latin asphaltus, from Greek asphaltos.]

as·phal′tic adj.

asphalt

(ˈæsfælt; ˈæʃ-; -fɔːlt)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) any of several black semisolid substances composed of bitumen and inert mineral matter. They occur naturally in parts of America and as a residue from petroleum distillation: used as a waterproofing material and in paints, dielectrics, and fungicides
2. (Elements & Compounds) a mixture of this substance with gravel, used in road-surfacing and roofing materials
3. (Elements & Compounds) (modifier) containing or surfaced with asphalt
vb
(General Engineering) (tr) to cover with asphalt
[C14: from Late Latin aspaltus, from Greek asphaltos, probably from a-1 + sphallein to cause to fall; referring to its use as a binding agent]
asˈphaltic adj

as•phalt

(ˈæs fɔlt; esp. Brit. -fælt)

n., v. -phalt•ed, -phalt•ing. n.
1. any of various natural or synthetic, dark-colored, bituminous substances, composed mainly of hydrocarbon mixtures.
2. a mixture of such substances with gravel, crushed rock, or the like, used for paving.
v.t.
3. to cover or pave with asphalt.
[1275–1325; Middle English aspaltoun « Greek ásphaltos, -on]
as•phal′tic, adj.
as′phalt•like`, adj.

as·phalt

(ăs′fôlt′)
A thick, sticky, dark-brown mixture of petroleum tars used in paving, roofing, and waterproofing. Asphalt is produced as a by-product in refining petroleum or is found in natural beds.

asphalt

- Its synonyms are mineral pitch, Jews' pitch, and slime.
See also related terms for slime.

asphalt


Past participle: asphalted
Gerund: asphalting

Imperative
asphalt
asphalt
Present
I asphalt
you asphalt
he/she/it asphalts
we asphalt
you asphalt
they asphalt
Preterite
I asphalted
you asphalted
he/she/it asphalted
we asphalted
you asphalted
they asphalted
Present Continuous
I am asphalting
you are asphalting
he/she/it is asphalting
we are asphalting
you are asphalting
they are asphalting
Present Perfect
I have asphalted
you have asphalted
he/she/it has asphalted
we have asphalted
you have asphalted
they have asphalted
Past Continuous
I was asphalting
you were asphalting
he/she/it was asphalting
we were asphalting
you were asphalting
they were asphalting
Past Perfect
I had asphalted
you had asphalted
he/she/it had asphalted
we had asphalted
you had asphalted
they had asphalted
Future
I will asphalt
you will asphalt
he/she/it will asphalt
we will asphalt
you will asphalt
they will asphalt
Future Perfect
I will have asphalted
you will have asphalted
he/she/it will have asphalted
we will have asphalted
you will have asphalted
they will have asphalted
Future Continuous
I will be asphalting
you will be asphalting
he/she/it will be asphalting
we will be asphalting
you will be asphalting
they will be asphalting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been asphalting
you have been asphalting
he/she/it has been asphalting
we have been asphalting
you have been asphalting
they have been asphalting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been asphalting
you will have been asphalting
he/she/it will have been asphalting
we will have been asphalting
you will have been asphalting
they will have been asphalting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been asphalting
you had been asphalting
he/she/it had been asphalting
we had been asphalting
you had been asphalting
they had been asphalting
Conditional
I would asphalt
you would asphalt
he/she/it would asphalt
we would asphalt
you would asphalt
they would asphalt
Past Conditional
I would have asphalted
you would have asphalted
he/she/it would have asphalted
we would have asphalted
you would have asphalted
they would have asphalted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asphalt - mixed asphalt and crushed gravel or sandasphalt - mixed asphalt and crushed gravel or sand; used especially for paving but also for roofing
paving, paving material, pavement - material used to pave an area
2.asphalt - a dark bituminous substance found in natural beds and as residue from petroleum distillationasphalt - a dark bituminous substance found in natural beds and as residue from petroleum distillation; consists mainly of hydrocarbons
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
Verb1.asphalt - cover with tar or asphaltasphalt - cover with tar or asphalt; "asphalt the driveway"
pave - cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic; "pave the roads in the village"
Translations
أسْفَلْت، قار، زِفْت
asfaltasfaltový
asfalt
asfaltti
aszfalt
asfalt, malbik
アスファルト
asfaltas
asfalts
asfaltový

asphalt

[ˈæsfælt]
A. N
1. (= material) → asfalto m
2. (= surface, ground) → pista f asfaltada, recinto m asfaltado
B. VTasfaltar
C. CPD asphalt jungle Njungla f de asfalto

asphalt

[ˈæsfælt] nasphalte m

asphalt

nAsphalt m
adj attrAsphalt-, asphaltiert; asphalt jungleAsphaltdschungel m

asphalt

[ˈæsfælt] nasfalto

asphalt

(ˈӕsfӕlt) , ((American) -fo:lt) noun, adjective
(of) a mixture containing tar, used to make roads, pavements etc. The workmen are laying asphalt; an asphalt playground.
References in classic literature ?
On the dull, scaly, slate-colored skin somewhere above the shoulder, there was a singular black circle of some substance which looked like asphalt.
As this plateau is, in its very nature, highly volcanic, and as asphalt is a substance which one associates with Plutonic forces, I cannot doubt that it exists in the free liquid state, and that the creatures may have come in contact with it.
Only the poet or the saint can water an asphalt pavement in the confident anticipation that lilies will reward his labour.
She was sure that presently the hoardings, the quarries, the one-story saloons, the wooden green-houses in ragged gardens, and the rocks from which goats surveyed the scene, would vanish before the advance of residences as stately as her own--perhaps (for she was an impartial woman) even statelier; and that the cobble- stones over which the old clattering omnibuses bumped would be replaced by smooth asphalt, such as people reported having seen in Paris.
Soapy left his bench and strolled out of the square and across the level sea of asphalt, where Broadway and Fifth Avenue flow together.
Minto Square, Great Clive Street, Warren Street, Hastings Street, Ochterlony Place, Plassy Square, Assaye Terrace ("gardens" was a felicitous word not applied to stucco houses with asphalt terraces in front, so early as 1827)--who does not know these respectable abodes of the retired Indian aristocracy, and the quarter which Mr.
He strode theatrically up to our table and addressing me as "Young Ulysses" proposed I should go outside on the fields of asphalt and help him gather a few marguerites to decorate a truly infernal supper which was being organized across the road at the Maison Doree - upstairs.
Raffles, indeed, declared it was as hot as Italy and Australia put together; and certainly the short summer nights gave the channels of wood and asphalt and the continents of brick and mortar but little time to cool.
Winnie Verloc turning about held him by both arms, facing him under the falling mist in the darkness and solitude of Brett Place, in which all sounds of life seemed lost as if in a triangular well of asphalt and bricks, of blind houses and unfeeling stones.
It ended at the paving of asphalt which led up to the gates of the Mapleton stables.
It had been coated with some sort of rain-proof paint or lacquer made out of asphalt or something.
Iron pipe was used at first, then asphalt, concrete, boxes of sand and creosoted wood.