blacktop

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From black +‎ top.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

blacktop (countable and uncountable, plural blacktops)

  1. (US, uncountable) Asphalt concrete or similar bituminous black paving material used for the surface of roads (e.g., tarmacadam, tarmac). [from 20th c.]
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 284:
      Then I was around the hill on the blacktop and in another country.
  2. (US, countable) A road so paved.

VerbEdit

blacktop (third-person singular simple present blacktops, present participle blacktopping, simple past and past participle blacktopped)

  1. (US) To pave with blacktop. [from 20th c.]
    The county first blacktopped that road decades ago
Last modified on 28 December 2013, at 17:11