a strip of crooked side-walk

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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Q: Does it simply mean a part of pavement which is not straight?

Once, passing through this place, I heard a feeble wail, which seemed to come out of the earth. It was but a strip of crooked side-walk where I stood; the dingy wall was on every side, converting the mid-day into twilight; and not a soul was in sight.
  • Loob

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    English UK
    He used sidewalk, which is AmE.
    It was you who used pavement. I assume you used it in its BrE sense. BrE pavement equates to AmE sidewalk. AmE pavement does not equate to AmE sidewalk.
    Melville spoke AmE.
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