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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pavement, n. Also: payvment, and Paiument. [ME. (c 1290) and e.m.E. and OF. pavement. Cf. Pament n. and Pathement n.]

1. Paving; a pavement; in senses a and b of Pathement n. Also attrib. c1510 Prester John 310 b.
And the pavement is of christall
1531 Bell. Boece I. 82.
The pavement hes bene of aselar stanis
15.. Clar. iii. 1523.
Unto the pavement as deid duschit he
1578–9 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 100.
1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 67.
For hewing a ruid and 8 elne pavement for the thesaurar hous
c 1629 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 374 n.
For xxxvi kairtfull of pavement
attrib. 1665 Edinb. B. Rec. IX. 364.
To pavement the south pairt … with pavement stones

2. The floor of a coal-mine. — 1672 Sinclair Hydrostaticks 273.
The two surfaces … above and below … are termed in coallery its roof and pavement because of the resemblance they have to the roof and pavement of a house

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