- Chiefly Brit. an airport runway or apron
- Chiefly Brit. a paved road
Origin of tarmac; from tarmacadam
A tarmacadam road or surface, especially an airport runway.
verbtar·macked, tar·mack·ing, tar·macs
To cause (an aircraft) to sit on a taxiway.
To sit on a taxiway. Used of an aircraft.
Origin of tarmacOriginally a trademark.
- The tarmac are any areas of an airfield that are paved. It is often used to describe planes that are sitting still on a paved road surface due to some sort of delay.
(third-person singular simple present tarmacs, present participle tarmacking, simple past and past participle tarmacked)