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macadam, tarmac, tarmacadam

1. A paving for roads or other surfaces, formed by grading and compacting layers of crushed stone or gravel; then the top layer(s) are usually bound by asphaltic material, acting to stabilize the stone, provide a smoother surface, and seal against water penetration.
2. The crushed stone used in a macadamized surface.

tarmac

A hard-surface area on an airport where aircraft are parked, tied down, and serviced. Such areas in front of a hangar are also called tarmac. The term owes its origin to tarmacadam—a mixture of tar and crushed stones used as surfacing material.
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Pam Campbell from Lafarge Tarmac and Owen Pugh's Chris Mason at Howick Quarry
Slaithwaite resident Mick Corton said a truck arrived outside the Co-op in Slaithwaite on Monday to reinstate the tarmac around the base of a new 'no entry' sign.
In the road in which I live, one side of the verge was removed some time ago and replaced with tarmac and is well used by church goers etc.
This remarkable decrease in flight delays, tarmac incidents, cancellations and mishandled bags is a tribute both to the hard work of the airlines and the Department of Transportation's oversight of the aviation industry," said US transportation secretary, Ray LaHood.
Hanni said there have been several large scale tarmac events for which no fines have been imposed, including October 2011's Snowmageddon at Bradley International.
Pryce Another plus point for Pryce was the opportunity for him and Williams to practice making their own pace notes on tarmac.
Tarmac called in their own environmental consultants, claiming heavy rainfall that caused the escape was a "one in a 50-year event".
From August 2011, foreign carriers operating to the US with at least one aircraft of 30 or more seats have been required to adopt contingency plans for lengthy tarmac delays as well as customer service plans, and to post these plans on their websites.
The renewed call comes after flight diversions caused by an early winter storm caused hundreds of passengers to be stranded on the tarmac for up to ten hours.
The European Commission cleared part of the proposed acquisition of the aggregate activities of Tarmac (UK-based Anglo-American group) by Eurovia (French group Vinci), on 10 June.
A TRIP to the seaside ended up in casualty for two girls whose feet were badly burnt when they stepped on to freshly laid tarmac.