Pronunciation: (pāv), [key]
—v.t., paved, pav•ing.
1. to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.
2. pave the way to or for, to prepare for and facilitate the entrance of; lead up to: His analysis of the college market paved the way for their entry into textbook publishing.
Southern Louisiana.a paved road.
Pronunciation: (pu-vā', pav'ā; Fr. pa-vā'), [key]
—n., pl. pa•vésPronunciation: (pu-vāz', pav'āz; Fr. pa-vā'), [key]
1. a pavement.
2. Jewelry.a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
Jewelry.in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
Also,pa•véd',pa•véed'.being set pavé: pavé rubies.
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