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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.
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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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.paved - covered with a firm surface
unpaved - not having a paved surface
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[peɪvd] ADJ [road] → asfaltado, pavimentado; (with flagstones, tiles) [garden, courtyard, path] → enlosado
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[ˈpeɪvd] adj [yard] → pavé(e)
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References in classic literature ?
Everywhere you go, in any direction, you find either a hard, smooth, level thoroughfare, just sprinkled with black lava sand, and bordered with little gutters neatly paved with small smooth pebbles, or compactly paved ones like Broadway.
The bridges are of a single span--a single arch--of cut stone, without a support, and paved on top with flags of lava and ornamental pebblework.
In the town were some substantial windowless houses of stone scattered among a wilderness of thatched cabins; the streets were mere crooked alleys, and un- paved; troops of dogs and nude children played in the sun and made life and noise; hogs roamed and rooted contentedly about, and one of them lay in a reeking wallow in the middle of the main thoroughfare and suckled her family.
Let the court not be paved, for that striketh up a great heat in summer, and much cold in winter.
The streets were narrow and roughly paved, and there was not a sidewalk or a street-lamp anywhere.
It is as though the forehead of the Sperm Whale were paved with horses' hoofs.
She remarked, as she pursued the retrospect, how strangely Chance, or Fate, had paved the way for the act of personation, in the first place.
Again I understand it all!" Anna said to herself, as soon as the carriage had started and swaying lightly, rumbled over the tiny cobbles of the paved road, and again one impression followed rapidly upon another.
She was still in this hesitant frame of mind when she entered Reigelheimer's Restaurant, and it perturbed her that she could not come to some definite decision on Mr Pickering, for those subtle signs which every woman can recognize and interpret told her that the latter, having paved the way by talking machinery for a week, was about to boil over and speak of higher things.
Midnight and sleep blot out these scenes and thoughts: and when the morning shines again, it gilds the house-tops of a lively city, before whose broad paved wharf the boat is moored; with other boats, and flags, and moving wheels, and hum of men around it; as though there were not a solitary or silent rood of ground within the compass of a thousand miles.
Its floor was paved with stone and brick, as that of any other cellar might be; and in lieu of window framed and glazed it had a great black wooden flap or shutter, nearly breast high from the ground, which turned back in the day-time, admitting as much cold air as light, and very often more.
The court was paved, from floor to roof, with human faces.