Definition of Tarmac

1. Noun. A paving material of tar and broken stone; mixed in a factory and shaped during paving.

Exact synonyms: Tarmacadam
Generic synonyms: Pavement, Paving, Paving Material



2. Verb. Surface with macadam. "Macadam the road"
Exact synonyms: Macadamise, Macadamize
Generic synonyms: Coat, Surface
Derivative terms: Macadam, Macadam

3. Noun. A paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar.
Exact synonyms: Macadam, Tarmacadam
Generic synonyms: Paved Surface
Derivative terms: Macadamize

Definition of Tarmac

1. Noun. (British Canada) The bituminous surface of a road. ¹

2. Noun. (aviation) Area of an airport where planes park or maneuver. ¹

3. Verb. (British Canada) To pave ¹

4. Verb. (aviation) To spend time idling on a runway, usually waiting for takeoff clearance ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tarmac

1. to cause (an aircraft) to sit on a taxiway [v -MACKED, -MACKING, -MACS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tarmac

taring
tarings
tariqa
tariqas
tariquidar
tariric acid
tarka dahl
tarkhan
tarkhans
tarkianite
tarlatan
tarlatans
tarletan
tarletans
tarlike
tarmac (current term)
tarmacadam
tarmacadamed
tarmacadaming
tarmacadams
tarmacked
tarmacking
tarmacs
tarn
tarnal
tarnally
tarnation
tarnations
tarnish
tarnishable

Literary usage of Tarmac

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Highway Engineers' Handbook by Arthur Horace Blanchard (1919)
"Altho laid by various municipalities, the largest yardage of this type has been constructed by tarmac, Ltd. One of the tarmac plants is located at ..."

2. American Highway Engineers' Handbook by Arthur Horace Blanchard (1919)
"The excellent tar slag concrete [lavements known a¡ tarmac, which have been ... ha¡ been constructed by tarmac, Ltd. One of the tarmac plants is locate* at ..."

3. Modern Roads by Henry Percy Boulnois (1919)
"In the Wandsworth trials, to which reference has already been made, tarmac was laid on an area of nearly 2000 square yards, and was spread in three layers, ..."

4. Landscapes of Northern Portugal by Paul Burton, Denise Burton (2004)
"Continue until this granite track drops down to a tarmac road ... You will come to a tarmac road in two minutes — with a lovely group of old watermills and, ..."

5. The Encyclopædia of Municipal and Sanitary Engineering: A Handy Working by William Henry Maxwell (1910)
"The following details for the application of "tarmac" are recommended by the com ... It is not necessary to have a special concrete foundation for " tarmac. ..."

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