What does tarmac mean?

Definitions for tarmac
ˈtɑr mæktar·mac

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tarmacadam, tarmac(noun)

    a paving material of tar and broken stone; mixed in a factory and shaped during paving

  2. tarmacadam, tarmac, macadam(verb)

    a paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar

  3. macadamize, macadamise, tarmac(verb)

    surface with macadam

    "macadam the road"


  1. tarmac(Noun)

    The bituminous surface of a road.

  2. tarmac(Noun)

    Area of an airport where planes park or maneuver.

  3. tarmac(Verb)

    To pave

  4. tarmac(Verb)

    To spend time idling on a runway, usually waiting for takeoff clearance

  5. Origin: Shortening of tarmacadam, which is tar + macadam (crushed stones).


  1. Tarmac

    Tarmac is a type of road surfacing material patented by Edgar Purnell Hooley in 1901. The term is also used, with varying degrees of correctness, for a variety of other materials, including tar-grouted macadam, bituminous surface treatments and even modern asphalt concrete.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tarmac in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tarmac in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tarmac in a Sentence

  1. Winslow Wheeler:

    We don’t know if these planes will be delivered and used for fighting, or just sit on the tarmac.

  2. Trey Gowdy:

    It wasn’t the tarmac, it was the information he had about Loretta Lynch that if it became public, people would question their objectivity.

  3. Victoria Lupica:

    The passengers exited the aircraft on the tarmac via aircraft slides, one passenger has been transported to a local hospital, however the injuries of that passenger are not reported to be serious.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    I'll never forget that, when I went as governor of the state of Florida on the tarmac for a tribute to the astronauts that died in, I think it was 2005, was it? No ... the ... um ... yeah, no the other one, 2002, in the 2000s, it was horrible. It's a recognition that this is a dangerous endeavor, but it's worth us, for all sorts of reasons, to be engaged.

  5. Trey Gowdy:

    There were a lot of things that called into question the legitimacy of that investigation, including what he's now making reference to, some of us have alluded to a lot in the past which is the real reason he had the July 5 press conference, it wasn't the tarmac, it was information he had about Loretta Lynch that if it became public, people would question their objectivity.

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