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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [muh-kad-uh m]
    • /məˈkæd əm/
    • /məˈkædəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [muh-kad-uh m]
    • /məˈkæd əm/

Definitions of macadam word

  • noun macadam a macadamized road or pavement. 1
  • noun macadam the broken stone used in making such a road. 1
  • noun macadam Broken stone of even size used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths, and typically bound with tar or bitumen. 1
  • noun macadam road surface material 1
  • noun macadam a road surface made of compressed layers of small broken stones, esp one that is bound together with tar or asphalt 0
  • noun macadam small broken stones used in making roads; esp., such stones combined with a binder such as tar or asphalt 0

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Origin of macadam

First appearance:

before 1815
One of the 39% newest English words
1815-25; named after J. L. McAdam (1756-1836), Scottish engineer who invented it

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Parts of speech for Macadam


macadam popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for macadam

noun macadam

  • shale — a rock of fissile or laminated structure formed by the consolidation of clay or argillaceous material.
  • sandGeorge [jawrj;; French zhawrzh] /dʒɔrdʒ;; French ʒɔrʒ/ (Show IPA), (Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant) 1804–76, French novelist.
  • stones — the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
  • tailings — the part of a projecting stone or brick tailed or inserted in a wall.
  • screenings — the act or work of a person who screens, as in ascertaining the character and competence of applicants, employees, etc.

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