What does asphalt mean?

Definitions for asphaltˈæs fɔlt; esp. Brit. -fælt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word asphalt.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. asphalt(noun)

    mixed asphalt and crushed gravel or sand; used especially for paving but also for roofing

  2. asphalt, mineral pitch(verb)

    a dark bituminous substance found in natural beds and as residue from petroleum distillation; consists mainly of hydrocarbons

  3. asphalt(verb)

    cover with tar or asphalt

    "asphalt the driveway"


  1. asphalt(Noun)

    A sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid, composed almost entirely of bitumen, that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits.

  2. asphalt(Noun)

    An abbreviation for asphalt concrete, a hard ground covering used for roads and walkways.

  3. asphalt(Verb)

    To pave with asphalt.

  4. Origin: From asphaltum, from ἄσφαλτος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asphalt(noun)

    alt. of Asphaltum

  2. Asphalt(verb)

    to cover with asphalt; as, to asphalt a roof; asphalted streets


  1. Asphalt

    Asphalt or or, also known as bitumen, is a sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum. It may be found in natural deposits or may be a refined product; it is a substance classed as a pitch. Until the 20th century, the term asphaltum was also used. The primary use of asphalt/bitumen is in road construction, where it is used as the glue or binder mixed with aggregate particles to create asphalt concrete. Its other main uses are for bituminous waterproofing products, including production of roofing felt and for sealing flat roofs. The terms asphalt and bitumen are often used interchangeably to mean both natural and manufactured forms of the substance. In American English, asphalt is the carefully refined residue from the distillation process of selected crude oils. Outside the United States, the product is often called bitumen. Geological terminology often prefers the term bitumen. Common usage often refers to various forms of asphalt/bitumen as "tar", such as at the La Brea Tar Pits. Another term, mostly archaic, refers to asphalt/bitumen as "pitch". The pitch used in this mixture is sometimes found in natural deposits but usually made by the distillation of crude oil.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asphalt

    as-falt′, or as′falt, Asphaltum, as-falt′um, n. a black or dark-brown, hard, bituminous substance, anciently used as a cement, and now for paving, cisterns, water-pipes, &c.—v.t. Asphalt′, to lay or cover with asphalt.—adj. Asphalt′ic. [Gr. asphaltos, from an Eastern word.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Asphalt

    a mineral pitch of a black or brownish-black colour, consisting chiefly of carbon; also a limestone impregnated with bitumen, and more or less in every quarter of the globe.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asphalt in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asphalt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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