Tarmac meaning

tärmăk
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(chiefly brit.) A paved road.
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To sit on a taxiway. Used of an aircraft.
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noun
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(UK, Canada) To pave.
verb
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A tarmacadam road or surface, especially an airport runway.
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To cause (an aircraft) to sit on a taxiway.
verb
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(chiefly brit.) An airport runway or apron.
noun
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(UK, Canada) The bituminous surface of a road.
noun
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(aviation) Area of an airport where planes park or maneuver.
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(aviation) To spend time idling on a runway, usually waiting for takeoff clearance.
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Origin of tarmac

  • Originally a trademark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of tarmacadam, which is tar + macadam (crushed stones).

    From Wiktionary