Tarmac definition: get a summary, overview, and a better understanding of this airport term in the Dauntless Jaunter Travel Glossary.

Updated: 2017-11-28.

At the airport, tarmac is now used primarily to refer to the runway, which is the long, rectangular strip set aside specifically for aircraft to use for takeoff and landing.

Originally defined as the material used to pave roads and runways, made of little, broken pieces of stones and tar, most runways do not use this mixture anymore, as tarmac becomes soft in hot weather; the word’s meaning as a runway sticks nonetheless.

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