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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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Tarmac is currently working the Lanton Quarry site, one and a half miles from Woodbridge, where it has planning consent until 2025.
"We are proud to be leading with our partners, Balfour Beatty and Tarmac in providing road surfaces which are providing significant environmental benefits for our communities."
The UK Competition and Markets Authority will look at Tarmac Trading Ltd.
NO TAR VERY MUCH Woman refuses to budge as tarmac closes in
Each time slabs were lifted, Tarmac was laid in their place until there was scant evidence of the original slabs.
As part of the new partnership a team of 10 Owen Pugh hauliers have relocated to a remote operating base at Lafarge Tarmac's quarry in Howick, and two members of staff have been promoted to supervisor status to manage the scheme over the next 12 months.
With an annual turnover of approximately AED325mn ($88.4mn) in 2013, Al Futtaim Tarmac Quarry Product Company was established in 2005 and is headquartered in Dubai.
But they also used newly-laid tarmac to secure the old post, which partly obscures the new sign.
WHEN plans were announced to remove some grass verges and replace them with tarmac to ease the parking problems in some areas, I advised that the kerbs should not be replaced as they would be damaged even more now that we were inviting residents to drive over them and park on the tarmac provided for them.
The USA's largest airlines reported their lowest rate of mishandled baggage during 2012, and set high marks for on-time performance, the fewest long tarmac delays, and a low rate of cancelled flights.
The organisation said the DOT announced there were 18 domestic flights stuck on the ground for longer than the tarmac rule allowed in July, making it the second-worst month since the policy took effect in April 2010, according to Transportation Department records.