PAVE, v.t. [L. pavio; Gr. to beat, to strike.] 1. To lay or cover with stone or brick so as to make a level or convenient surface for horses, carriages or foot passengers; to floor with brick or stone; as, to pave a street; to pave a side-walk; to pave a court or stable. 2. To prepare a passage; to facilitate the introduction of. The invention of printing paved the way for intellectual improvement.
transitive verb (paved; paving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paver, from Latin pavire to strike, pound; perhaps akin to Greek paiein to strike Date: 14th century 1. to lay or cover with material (as asphalt or concrete) that forms a firm level surface for travel 2. to cover firmly and solidly as if with paving material 3. to serve as a covering or pavement of
v.tr. 1 a cover (a street, floor, etc.) with paving etc. b cover or strew (a floor etc.) with anything (paved with flowers). 2 prepare (paved the way for her arrival). Phrases and idioms: paving-stone a large flat usu. rectangular piece of stone etc. for paving. Derivatives: paver n. paving n. pavior n. (also paviour). Etymology: ME f. OF paver, back-form. (as PAVEMENT)
Pave Pave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paved; p. pr. & vb. n. Paving.] [F. paver to pave, LL. pavare, from L. pavire to beat, ram, or tread down; cf. Gr. ? to beat, strike.] 1. To lay or cover with stone, brick, or other material, so as to make a firm, level, or convenient surface for horses, carriages, or persons on foot, to travel on; to floor with brick, stone, or other solid material; as, to pave a street; to pave a court.
(paves, paving, paved) 1. If a road or an area of ground has been paved, it has been covered with flat blocks of stone or concrete, so that it is suitable for walking or driving on. The avenue had never been paved, and deep mud made it impassable in winter.VERB: usu passive, be V-ed • paved...a small paved courtyard...ADJ: oft ADJ with n 2. If one thing paves the way for another, it creates a situation in which it is possible or more likely that the other thing will happen. (JOURNALISM) The discussions are aimed at paving the way for formal negotiations between the two countries.PHRASE: V inflects