Definitions for cementsɪˈmɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of various calcined mixtures of clay and limestone, usu. mixed with water and sand, gravel, etc., to form concrete, that are used as a building material.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. any of various soft, sticky substances that dry hard or stonelike, used esp. for mending broken objects or for making things adhere.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. the compact groundmass surrounding and binding together the fragments of clastic rocks.

    Category: Petrology

  4. anything that binds or unites.

  5. a hardening, adhesive, plastic substance, used in the repair of teeth.

    Category: Dentistry, Informal

    Ref: cementum .

  6. (v.t.)to unite by or as if by cement:

    an experience that cemented our friendship.

    Category: Building Trades

  7. to coat or cover with cement.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. (v.i.)to become cemented; cohere.

* Pron: See police.

Origin of cement:

1250–1300; ciment < OF < L cēmentum,caementa rough stone from the quarry <caed(ere) to cut


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cement(noun)

    concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement

    "they stood on the grey cement beside the pool"

  2. cement(noun)

    a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay; used with water and sand or gravel to make concrete and mortar

  3. cement(noun)

    something that hardens to act as adhesive material

  4. cement(noun)

    any of various materials used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth

  5. cementum, cement(verb)

    a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth

  6. cement(verb)

    make fast as if with cement

    "We cemented our friendship"

  7. cement(verb)

    cover or coat with cement

  8. cement(verb)

    bind or join with or as if with cement

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cement(noun)ɪˈmɛnt

    a hard gray substance used in building

    a building with cement foundations

  2. cement(verb)ɪˈmɛnt

    to make a relationship or agreement strong and long-lasting

    We need help to cement the deal.; an event that cemented our friendship


  1. cement(Noun)

    A powdered substance that develops strong adhesive properties when mixed with water.

  2. cement(Noun)

    The paste-like substance resulting from mixing such a powder with water.

  3. cement(Noun)

    Any material with strong adhesive properties.

  4. cement(Noun)

    A particular type or brand of cement.

  5. cement(Verb)

    To affix with cement.

  6. cement(Verb)

    To ensure an outcome.

  7. Origin: From caementum, from caedo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cement(noun)

    any substance used for making bodies adhere to each other, as mortar, glue, etc

  2. Cement(noun)

    a kind of calcined limestone, or a calcined mixture of clay and lime, for making mortar which will harden under water

  3. Cement(noun)

    the powder used in cementation. See Cementation, n., 2

  4. Cement(noun)

    bond of union; that which unites firmly, as persons in friendship, or men in society

  5. Cement(noun)

    the layer of bone investing the root and neck of a tooth; -- called also cementum

  6. Cement(noun)

    to unite or cause to adhere by means of a cement

  7. Cement(noun)

    to unite firmly or closely

  8. Cement(noun)

    to overlay or coat with cement; as, to cement a cellar bottom

  9. Cement(verb)

    to become cemented or firmly united; to cohere


  1. Cement

    In the most general sense of the word, a cement is a binder, a substance that sets and hardens independently, and can bind other materials together. The word "cement" traces to the Romans, who used the term opus caementicium to describe masonry resembling modern concrete that was made from crushed rock with burnt lime as binder. The volcanic ash and pulverized brick additives that were added to the burnt lime to obtain a hydraulic binder were later referred to as cementum, cimentum, cäment, and cement. Cements used in construction can be characterized as being either hydraulic or non-hydraulic. Hydraulic cements harden because of hydration, a chemical reaction between the anhydrous cement powder and water. Thus, they can harden underwater or when constantly exposed to wet weather. The chemical reaction results in hydrates that are not very water-soluble and so are quite durable in water. Non-hydraulic cements do not harden underwater; for example, slaked limes harden by reaction with atmospheric carbon dioxide. The most important uses of cement are as an ingredient in the production of mortar in masonry, and of concrete, a combination of cement and an aggregate to form a strong building material.

Translations for cement

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a mixture of clay and lime (usually with sand and water added) used for sticking things (eg bricks) together in building and to make concrete for making very hard surfaces.

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