a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water
capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary
"concrete objects such as trees"
formed by the coalescence of particles
cover with cement
"concrete the walls"
form into a solid mass; coalesce
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.
A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.
A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.
To cover with or encase in concrete; often constructed as concrete over.
I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.
Josieu2019s plans began concreting once she fixed a date for the wedding.
Particular, perceivable, real.
Fuzzy videotapes and distorted sound recordings are not concrete evidence that bigfoot exists.
Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasnu2019t.
Made of concrete building material.
The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.
Origin: From concretus, past participle of concrescere (com- + crescere).
united in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form
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
applied to a specific object; special; particular; -- opposed to general. See Abstract, 3
a compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body
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
a term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term
sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass
to unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body
to form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of separate particles
to cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement
Origin: [L. concretus, p. p. of concrescere to grow together; con- + crescere to grow; cf. F. concret. See Crescent.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon′krēt, adj. formed into one mass: the opposite of abstract, and denoting a particular thing: made of concrete.—n. a mass formed by parts growing or sticking together: a mixture of lime, sand, pebbles, &c., used in building.—v.t. Concrēte′, to form into a solid mass.—v.i. to harden.—adv. Concrēte′ly.—ns. Concrēte′ness; Concrē′tion, a mass concreted: a growth forming in certain parts of the body, as calculi, &c.—adjs. Concrē′tionary; Concrēt′ive, having power to concrete. [L. concretus—con, together, crescĕre, cretum, to grow.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'concrete' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4813
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'concrete' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3544
Rank popularity for the word 'concrete' in Adjectives Frequency: #671
The numerical value of concrete in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of concrete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.
Action is only coarsened thought-thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
There was a concrete indication about concrete dangers based on confidential and secret information.
The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.
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Translations for concrete
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- конкретизирам се, конкретен, бетонен, реален, бетон, определен, бетонирам, действителенBulgarian
- concret, formigóCatalan, Valencian
- beton, betonovýCzech
- konkret, konkretisere, fast, beton, blive konkret, en, masse, blive hård, til, størkne, gøreDanish
- Beton, betonieren, bestimmt, konkret, einbetonieren, konkretisieren, genauGerman
- επικαλύπτω με σκυρόδεμα, στερεοποιούμαι, τσιμεντένιος, συγκεκριμένος, υλικός, σκυρόδεμαGreek
- betono, palpebla, reala, betona, konkretaEsperanto
- hormigonar, concreto, específico, concretizar, hormigónSpanish
- betoon, konkreetneEstonian
- betonoida, konkretisoitua, betoni, kouriintuntuva, konkreettinen, betoninenFinnish
- béton, concret, bétonner, concrétiserFrench
- cruadhtan, rudailScottish Gaelic
- konkrét, megszilárdít, beton, betonozHungarian
- steinsteypa, steypaIcelandic
- cemento, calcestruzzo, reale, concreto, cementificare, coprire, solidificare, concretizzare, concretizzarsi, ricoprire, solidificarsi, diItalian
- コンクリート, 具体的, 実際Japanese
- betonKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- BëtongLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- betons, konkrēts, konkrēta, betonaLatvian
- vorm, concreet, worden, beton, aannemen, betonneren, concretiseren, betonnenDutch
- betongNorwegian Nynorsk
- beton, betonować, konkretny, betonowyPolish
- concreto, betãoPortuguese
- concret, betonRomanian
- твердеть, реальный, определённый, бетонировать, бетонный, бетон, действительный, конкретныйRussian
- бетон, betonSerbo-Croatian
- betong, konkret, ta form, påtagligSwedish
- dongu, betonTurkish
- bê tôngVietnamese
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