Definitions for concreteˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•creteˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ-(adj.; n.; v.)-cret•ed, -cret•ing.

  1. (adj.)constituting an actual thing or instance; real; perceptible; substantial:

    concrete proof.

  2. pertaining to or concerned with realities or actual instances rather than abstractions; particular as opposed to general:

    concrete proposals.

  3. referring to an actual substance or thing, as opposed to an abstract quality:

    The words “cat,”“water,” and “teacher” are concrete, whereas the words “truth,”“excellence,” and “adulthood” are abstract.

  4. made of concrete:

    concrete blocks.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. formed by coalescence of separate particles into a mass; united in a coagulated, condensed, or solid mass or state.

  6. (n.)an artificial, stonelike building material made by mixing cement and various aggregates, as sand, gravel, or shale, with water and allowing the mixture to harden.

    Category: Building Trades

    Ref: Compare reinforced concrete.

  7. any of various other artificial building or paving materials, as those containing tar.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. a concrete idea or term; a word or notion referring to an actual thing or instance.

  9. a mass formed by coalescence or concretion of particles of matter.

  10. (v.t.)to treat or lay with concrete.

  11. to form into a mass by coalescence of particles; render solid.

  12. to make real, tangible, or particular.

  13. (v.i.)to coalesce into a mass; become solid; harden.

Origin of concrete:

1375–1425; late ME < L concrētus composed, formed, solid, orig. ptp. of concrēscere to harden <crēscere to grow, increase


Princeton's WordNet

  1. concrete(adj)

    a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water

  2. concrete(adj)

    capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary

    "concrete objects such as trees"

  3. concrete(verb)

    formed by the coalescence of particles

  4. concrete(verb)

    cover with cement

    "concrete the walls"

  5. concrete(verb)

    form into a solid mass; coalesce

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. concrete(noun)ˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ-

    a powder, used in building, that hardens after water is added

    a concrete foundation

  2. concrete(adjective)ˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ-

    made of concrete

    concrete sidewalks

  3. concreteˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ-

    ≠ abstract

    concrete evidence/thinking


  1. concrete(Noun)

    A building material created by mixing Portland cement, water, and aggregate including gravel and sand.

    The road was made of concrete that had been poured in large slabs.

  2. concrete(Noun)

    A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.

  3. concrete(Noun)

    A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.

  4. concrete(Verb)

    To cover with or encase in concrete; often constructed as concrete over.

    I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.

  5. concrete(Verb)

    To solidify.

    Josieu2019s plans began concreting once she fixed a date for the wedding.

  6. concrete(Adjective)

    Particular, perceivable, real.

    Fuzzy videotapes and distorted sound recordings are not concrete evidence that bigfoot exists.

  7. concrete(Adjective)

    Not abstract.

    Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasnu2019t.

  8. concrete(Adjective)

    Made of concrete building material.

    The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.

  9. Origin: From concretus, past participle of concrescere (com- + crescere).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concrete(adj)

    united in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form

  2. Concrete(adj)

    standing for an object as it exists in nature, invested with all its qualities, as distinguished from standing for an attribute of an object; -- opposed to abstract

  3. Concrete(adj)

    applied to a specific object; special; particular; -- opposed to general. See Abstract, 3

  4. Concrete(noun)

    a compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body

  5. Concrete(noun)

    a mixture of gravel, pebbles, or broken stone with cement or with tar, etc., used for sidewalks, roadways, foundations, etc., and esp. for submarine structures

  6. Concrete(noun)

    a term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term

  7. Concrete(noun)

    sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass

  8. Concrete(verb)

    to unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body

  9. Concrete(verb)

    to form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of separate particles

  10. Concrete(verb)

    to cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement


  1. Concrete

    Concrete is a composite material composed of coarse granular material embedded in a hard matrix of material that fills the space among the aggregate particles and glues them together. Concrete is widely used for making architectural structures, foundations, brick/block walls, pavements, bridges/overpasses, motorways/roads, runways, parking structures, dams, pools/reservoirs, pipes, footings for gates, fences and poles and even boats. Famous concrete structures include the Burj Khalifa, Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal and the Roman Pantheon. Concrete technology was known by the Ancient Romans and was widely used within the Roman Empire—the Colosseum is largely built of concrete and the concrete dome of the Pantheon is the world's largest. After the Empire passed, use of concrete became scarce until the technology was re-pioneered in the mid-18th century.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concrete' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4813

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concrete' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3544

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concrete' in Adjectives Frequency: #671

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made of concrete

concrete slabs.

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