Synonyms for macadam

Grammar : Noun
Spell : muh-kad-uh m
Phonetic Transcription : məˈkæd əm

Définition of macadam

Origin :
  • 1824, named for inventor, Scottish civil engineer John L. McAdam (1756-1836), who developed a method of levelling roads and paving them with gravel and outlined the process in his pamphlet "Remarks on the Present System of Road-Making" (1822). Originally, road material consisting of a solid mass of stones of nearly uniform size laid down in layers; he did not approve of the use of binding materials or rollers. The idea of mixing tar with the gravel began 1880s.
  • As in gravel : noun pebbles
Example sentences :
  • They are used as dust layers on earth, gravel and macadam surfaces.
  • Extract from : « American Rural Highways » by T. R. Agg
  • MacAdam asked that he should at least be bound over to keep the peace.
  • Extract from : « Ireland as It Is » by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Utilitarianism was too much for it, and its stones fell to Macadam.
  • Extract from : « Highways & Byways in Sussex » by E.V. Lucas
  • They gained the macadam of the lane that led out from the park gate into the country.
  • Extract from : « Stubble » by George Looms
  • Some wonderful records were made in these contests on the macadam.
  • Extract from : « Coaching Days & Ways » by E. D. (Edward William Dirom) Cuming
  • These are paved with concrete block and the other streets with macadam.
  • Extract from : « United States Steel » by Arundel Cotter
  • There was a heavy, jarring rumble over the macadam of the military road.
  • Extract from : « Porto Rico » by Arthur D. Hall
  • The pond is filled up now with the macadam of a model farmyard.
  • Extract from : « An Isle in the Water » by Katharine Tynan
  • It was not cemented, but its hard clay floor was almost as solid as macadam.
  • Extract from : « The Confession » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The road was a state road and of macadam, and did not show footprints.
  • Extract from : « Tom Slade's Double Dare » by Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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