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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cementnoun

    concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement

    "they stood on the grey cement beside the pool"

  2. cementnoun

    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. cementnoun

    something that hardens to act as adhesive material

  4. cementnoun

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

  5. cementum, cementverb

    a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth

  6. cementverb

    make fast as if with cement

    "We cemented our friendship"

  7. cementverb

    cover or coat with cement

  8. cementverb

    bind or join with or as if with cement


  1. cementnoun

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

  2. cementnoun

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

  3. cementnoun

    Any material with strong adhesive properties.

  4. cementnoun

    A particular type or brand of cement.

  5. cementverb

    To affix with cement.

  6. cementverb

    To ensure an outcome.

  7. Etymology: From caementum, from caedo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CEMENTnoun

    Etymology: cæmentum, Lat.

    Your temples burned in their cement, and your franchises confined into an augre’s bore. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    There is a cement compounded of flower, whites of eggs, and stones powdered, that becometh hard as marble. Francis Bacon.

    You may see divers pebbles, and a crust of cement or stone between them, as hard as the pebbles themselves. Francis Bacon.

    The foundation was made of rough stone, joined together with a most firm cement; upon this was laid another layer, consisting of small stones and cement. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Let not the piece of virtue which is set
    Betwixt us, as the cement of our love,
    To keep it builded, be the ram to batter. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    What cement should unite heaven and earth, light and darkness? Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis, c. iv.

    Look over the whole creation, and you shall see, that the band or cement, that holds together all the parts of this great and glorious fabrick, is gratitude. South.

  2. To Cementverb

    To unite by means of something interposed.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    But how the fear of us
    May cement their divisions, and bind up
    The petty difference, we yet not know. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cl.

    Liquid bodies have nothing to cement them; they are all loose and incoherent, and in a perpetual flux: even an heap of sand, or fine powder, will suffer no hollowness within them, though they be dry substances. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Cemented all the long contending powers. Philips.

    Love with white lead cements his wings;
    White lead was sent us to repair
    Two brightest, brittlest earthly things,
    A lady’s face, and china ware. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Cementverb

    To come into conjunction; to cohere.

    When a wound is recent, and the parts of it are divided by a sharp instrument, they will, if held in close contact for some time, reunite by inosculation, and cement like one branch of a tree ingrafted on another. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cementnoun

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

  2. Cementnoun

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

  3. Cementnoun

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

  4. Cementnoun

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

  5. Cementnoun

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

  6. Cementnoun

    to unite or cause to adhere by means of a cement

  7. Cementnoun

    to unite firmly or closely

  8. Cementnoun

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

  9. Cementverb

    to become cemented or firmly united; to cohere

  10. Etymology: [OF. cement, ciment, F. ciment, fr. L. caementum a rough, unhewn stone, pieces or chips of marble, from which mortar was made, contr. fr. caedimentum, fr. caedere to cut, prob. akin to scindere to cleave, and to E. shed, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cement

    se-ment′, n. anything that makes two bodies stick together: mortar: a bond of union.—v.t. to unite with cement: to join firmly.—n. Cementā′tion, the act of cementing: the process by which iron is turned into steel, glass into porcelain, &c.—done by surrounding them with a cement or powder and exposing them to heat.—adjs. Cement′atory, Cementi′tious, having the quality of cementing or uniting firmly. [O. Fr. ciment—L. cæmentum, chip of stone used to fill up in building a wall, cædimentumcædĕre, to cut.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cement

    Hydraulic cements are much used in building permanent fortifications. The cement used by the Romans in their great sea-walls, aqueducts, etc., which are still standing as monuments of their civil engineering, was pozzuolana, a volcanic earth from near Baiæ, Italy. It is still an article of export from Italy. The most noted modern cement is Portland, made artificially in England by burning a mixture of the chalk and clay from the valley of the Medway.

Editors Contribution

  1. cement

    A type of material.

    Cement is used on every building site.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cement in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cement in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy DeSilva:

    Mary Leakey made exquisitely detailed maps of the footprint localities. From Mary Leakey map, we were able to approximate where the tracks should be. We began to dig, hoping for the best, but fearing instead that forty years of seasonal rains had washed them away, the soil was hard as cement and it took a hammer and chisel to reach the footprint layer, which we then needed to excavate delicately with a hard-bristled brush and tongue depressor. Fortunately, the footprints were beautifully preserved.

  2. Hammad Aman:

    After the news circulated in the market that their debt restructuring deal had failed, Dewan Cement Ltd and Dewan Farooque Motors Ltd continued to decline by 3.6 and 2.8 percent, respectively.

  3. Ramin Rabii:

    You could buy a cement plant by acquiring a company for a third of the cost of building one from scratch, this is the kind of thing which will attract foreign investment.

  4. Lakshheish M Patel:

    The share price of Ambuja Cement may go down from Rs.367 to Rs.354 tomorrow

  5. Garth Brooks:

    Its pretty sweet in the fact that its right there, its right next to Miss Yearwood, so, to kind of put it in cement and then to know that right to the left of us is Loretta Lynn, the queen of country music. That's a pretty good neighborhood to be in. I'm the luckiest guy on the planet, in between Trisha and Loretta.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. urban
    • B. squashy
    • C. disjointed
    • D. witless

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