Definition of "tarmac" []

  • A tarmacadam road or surface, especially an airport runway. (noun)
  • To cause (an aircraft) to sit on a taxiway. (verb-transitive)
  • To sit on a taxiway. Used of an aircraft. (verb-intransitive)
  • A paving material that consists of crushed stone rolled and bound with a mixture of tar and bitumen, esp as formerly used for a road, airport runway, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To apply tarmac to (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tarmac" in a sentence
  • "I - one of the most fascinating aspects of your book is - because it interests me so personally, is concrete and the development of roads in the country, and how we got the word tarmac and concrete and things like that."
  • "It was a bad month for travelers caught in tarmac delays."
  • "It was to be a while before the luggage was to be loaded so the pilot took me up to the board the plane where I could watch the tarmac from a window."
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