Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows
  2. (verb, contact) cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic

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Alternate forms of Pave

Derivations: pavage, pavement, paving

Hyponyms: asphalt, causeway, cobble, cobblestone, hard surface

Hypernyms: coat, mount, setting, surface

Origin of the word Pave

  1. c.1310, "to cover with a pavement," from O.Fr. paver (12c.), from V.L. *pavare, from L. pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. L. putare "to prune"). The fig. sense of to pave the way is attested from 1585. more

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Words that sound like Pave

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