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pave
WordNet 2.0
  • a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows
  • cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic
  • "pave the roads in the village"
pave
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To lay or cover with stone, brick, or other material, so as to make a firm, level, or convenient surface for horses, carriages, or persons on foot, to travel on; to floor with brick, stone, or other solid material; as, to pave a street; to pave a court.

    "With silver paved, and all divine with gold." -- Dryden.

    "To pave thy realm, and smooth the broken ways." -- Gay.

    2. Fig.: To make smooth, easy, and safe; to prepare, as a path or way; as, to pave the way to promotion; to pave the way for an enterprise.

    "It might open and pave a prepared way to his own title." -- Bacon.

 

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