Pavement (architecture)

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Pavement in construction is an outdoor floor or superficial surface covering. Paving materials include asphalt, concrete, stone such as flagstone, cobblestone, and setts, artificial stone, bricks, tiles, and sometimes wood. In landscape architecture pavements are part of the hardscape and are used on sidewalks, road surfaces, patios, courtyards, etc.

Pavement comes from Latin pavimentum meaning a floor beaten or rammed down, through Old French pavement.[1] The meaning of a beaten down floor was obsolete before the word became English.[2]

Pavement laid in patterns such as mosaics were commonly used by the Romans.

Permeable paving

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  1. ^ "Pavement", The Century Dictionary
  2. ^ "pavement, n." Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) © Oxford University Press 2009

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