What does asphalt mean?

Definitions for asphalt
ˈæs fɔlt; esp. Brit. -fæltas·phalt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asphaltnoun

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

  2. asphalt, mineral pitchverb

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

  3. asphaltverb

    cover with tar or asphalt

    "asphalt the driveway"


  1. asphaltnoun

    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. asphaltnoun

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

  3. asphaltverb

    To pave with asphalt.

  4. Etymology: From asphaltum, from ἄσφαλτος.


  1. asphalt

    Asphalt is a sticky, black, and strongly viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum. It is primarily used for road construction as a binder in the creation of asphalt concrete but can also be used for waterproofing products, sealing flat roofs, and in other kinds of construction and vehicle materials due to its natural weather-resistant properties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asphaltnoun

    alt. of Asphaltum

  2. Asphaltverb

    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.

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  1. spathal

  2. taplash

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  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

Examples of asphalt in a Sentence

  1. Barbara Shipley:

    Barbara Shipley, from the International Trade Workers Union, said. ' The men have been reportedly floating in the harbor for over a month after an asphalt delivery. They’re hungry. They’re tired. They’re dirty. They want to get paid and they want to go home. They want to see their families. Their families are all very concerned, i’ve been told they’re fishing off the side of the vessel.

  2. Akram Hasso:

    We have started projects: health, sewerage, medical, agricultural projects, and local municipality services, now, the local municipalities are undertaking a project to asphalt the roads in all the cities of the region.

  3. T. S. Eliot:

    And the wind shall say Here were decent godless people. Their only monument the asphalt road. And a thousand lost golf balls.

  4. Spaniard Marc Marquez:

    I was behind the Yamahas and was trying to check how was the asphalt and the tyres and I saw that Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi had big( tyre) degradation, i said now is the time to change the tyres and when I changed then I saw that the track was completely dry, but it was difficult to understand.

  5. Davide Capello:

    At some point I heard a muffled sound... I saw the cars in front of me going [ down ]. I felt the asphalt was gone and I found Davide Capello going down in my car... I thought that it would be the end, that I was going to die, then my car stopped, there wasn't a head-on crash, so it got embedded somewhere.

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