An asphalt parking lot.
Blacktop on your driveway is an example of asphalt.
- a brown or black, tarlike, bituminous substance that consists mainly of hydrocarbons, found in large flat beds or made by refining petroleum
- a mixture of this with sand or gravel, for cementing, paving, roofing, etc.
Origin of asphaltMedieval Latin asphaltus from Classical Greek asphaltos, probably from a-, not + sphallein, to cause to fall, injure ( from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)el-, to split off from source spill): uncertain or unknown; perhaps so named because of use as protective substance for walls
- See bitumen.
- A mixture of bitumen with crushed stone gravel or sand, used for paving or roofing.
transitive verbas·phalt·ed, as·phalt·ing, as·phalts
Origin of asphaltMiddle English aspalt from Medieval Latin asphaltus from Greek asphaltos
(third-person singular simple present asphalts, present participle asphalting, simple past and past participle asphalted)
- To pave with asphalt.
From Late Latin asphaltum, from Ancient Greek ἄσφαλτος (ásphaltos, “asphalt, bitumen”).