What does concrete mean?

Definitions for concrete
ˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ-con·crete

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concreteadjective

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

  2. concreteadjective

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

    "concrete objects such as trees"

  3. concreteverb

    formed by the coalescence of particles

  4. concreteverb

    cover with cement

    "concrete the walls"

  5. concreteverb

    form into a solid mass; coalesce


  1. concretenoun

    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. concretenoun

    A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.

  3. concretenoun

    A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.

  4. concreteverb

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

    I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.

  5. concreteverb

    To solidify.

    Josie's plans began concreting once she fixed a date for the wedding.

  6. concreteadjective

    Particular, perceivable, real.

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

  7. concreteadjective

    Not abstract.

    Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasn't.

  8. concreteadjective

    Made of concrete building material.

    The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Concreteadjective

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The first concrete state, or consistent surface of the chaos, must be of the same figure as the last liquid state. Burnet.

    A kind of mutual commutation there is, whereby those concrete names, God and man, when we speak of Christ, do take interchangeably one another’s room; so that, for truth of speech, it skilleth not whether we say that the son of God hath created the world, and the son of man by his death hath saved it; or else that the son of man did create, and the son of God died to save the world. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 53.

    Concrete terms, while they express the quality, do also either express or imply, or refer to some subject to which it belongs; as white, round, long, broad, wise, mortal, living, dead: but these are not always noun adjectives in a grammatical sense; for a fool, a philosopher, and many other concretes, are substantives, as well as knavery, folly and philosophy, which are the abstract terms that belong to them. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. Concretenoun

    A mass formed by concretion; or union of various parts adhering to each other.

    If gold itself be admitted, as it must be, for a porous concrete, the proportion of void to body, in the texture of common air, will be so much the greater. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  3. To Concreteverb

    To form by concretion; to form by the coalition of scattered particles.

    That there are in our inferiour world divers bodies, that are concreted out of others, is beyond all dispute: we see it in the meteors. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

  4. To CONCRETEverb

    To coalesce into one mass; to grow by the union and cohesion of parts.

    Etymology: concresco, Latin.

    The mineral or metallick matter, thus concreting with the crystalline, is equally diffused throughout the body of it. John Woodward.

    When any saline liquor is evaporated to a cuticle, and let cool, the salt concretes in regular figures; which argues that the particles of the salt, before they concreted, floated in the liquor at equal distances, in rank and file. Newton.

    The blood of some who died of the plague, could not be made to concrete, by reason of the putrefaction already begun. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. Concrete

    Concrete is a composite material composed of fine and coarse aggregate bonded together with a fluid cement (cement paste) that hardens (cures) over time. Concrete is the second-most-used substance in the world after water, and is the most widely used building material. Its usage worldwide, ton for ton, is twice that of steel, wood, plastics, and aluminum combined. Globally, the ready-mix concrete industry, the largest segment of the concrete market, is projected to exceed $600 billion in revenue by 2025. This widespread use results in a number of environmental impacts. Most notably, the production process for cement produces large volumes of greenhouse gas emissions, leading to net 8% of global emissions. Other environmental concerns include widespread illegal sand mining, impacts on the surrounding environment such as increased surface runoff or urban heat island effect, and potential public health implications from toxic ingredients. Significant research and development is being done to try to reduce the emissions or make concrete a source of carbon sequestration, and increase recycled and secondary raw materials content into the mix to achieve a circular economy. Concrete is expected to be a key material for structures resilient to climate disasters, as well as a solution to mitigate the pollution of other industries, capturing wastes such as coal fly ash or bauxite tailings and residue. When aggregate is mixed with dry Portland cement and water, the mixture forms a fluid slurry that is easily poured and molded into shape. The cement reacts with the water through a process called concrete hydration that hardens over several hours to form a hard matrix that binds the materials together into a durable stone-like material that has many uses. This time allows concrete to not only be cast in forms, but also to have a variety of tooled processes preformed. The hydration process is exothermic, which means ambient temperature plays a significant role in how long it takes concrete to set. Often, additives (such as pozzolans or superplasticizers) are included in the mixture to improve the physical properties of the wet mix, delay or accelerate the curing time, or otherwise change the finished material. Most concrete is poured with reinforcing materials (such as rebar) embedded to provide tensile strength, yielding reinforced concrete. In the past, lime based cement binders, such as lime putty, were often used but sometimes with other hydraulic cements, (water resistant) such as a calcium aluminate cement or with Portland cement to form Portland cement concrete (named for its visual resemblance to Portland stone). Many other non-cementitious types of concrete exist with other methods of binding aggregate together, including asphalt concrete with a bitumen binder, which is frequently used for road surfaces, and polymer concretes that use polymers as a binder. Concrete is distinct from mortar. Whereas concrete is itself a building material, mortar is a bonding agent that typically holds bricks, tiles and other masonry units together.


  1. concrete

    Concrete is a sturdy, artificial construction material made by mixing cement, water, and various types of aggregates like sand, gravel, or crushed rock. This mixture hardens into a stone-like substance with high strength and durability, making it ideal for building structures like roads, buildings, and bridges. The composition and proportions of the ingredients can be changed to suit different construction requirements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concreteadjective

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

  2. Concreteadjective

    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. Concreteadjective

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

  4. Concretenoun

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

  5. Concretenoun

    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. Concretenoun

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

  7. Concretenoun

    sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass

  8. Concreteverb

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

  9. Concreteverb

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

  10. Concreteverb

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

  11. Etymology: [L. concretus, p. p. of concrescere to grow together; con- + crescere to grow; cf. F. concret. See Crescent.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Concrete

    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. concretuscon, together, crescĕre, cretum, to grow.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. concrete

    A coarse building mortar, containing broken stone, gravel, etc., used much in fortifications.

Editors Contribution

  1. Concrete

    A type of product and material.

    Concrete is used for every building.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020  

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  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of concrete in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of concrete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of concrete in a Sentence

  1. Greg Batista:

    I've seen up and down the coast hundreds of buildings where you have concrete problems, if not maintained, whether it's a concrete problem or a settling problem, it could be a bridge, it could be a building, it could be a dam or a sea wall -- these kind of things happen if not tended to.

  2. Evelyn Waugh, Work Suspended (1943):

    Beavers bred in captivity, inhabiting a concrete pool, will, if given the timber, fatuously go through all the motions of damming and ancestral stream.

  3. Enrique Peña-Nieto:

    I desire, I wish that the part with Canada will be materializing in a very concrete fashion, and we can have an agreement the way we proposed it from the initiation of this renegotiating process, a tripartite.

  4. Marie Collins:

    What I would like to see when The Pope comes to Ireland, is to come out, not make these sort of' we're sorry,' type of statements, but to tell us what is The Pope going to do -- and do it, and it must be something concrete.

  5. James Bretzke:

    The fact of climate change will be accepted and underscored, i think it would be a safe bet to suggest that the encyclical will be fairly concrete and specific and that there will likely be some specific ethical calls for action that will cause a certain amount of discomfort to a broad range of various populations from First World manufacturers to emerging Third World economies such as China.

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  • خَرَسَانَةArabic
  • бетонBelarusian
  • 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
  • بتنPersian
  • betonoida, konkretisoitua, betoni, kouriintuntuva, konkreettinen, betoninenFinnish
  • betongFaroese
  • béton, concret, bétonner, concrétiserFrench
  • coincréitIrish
  • cruadhtan, rudailScottish Gaelic
  • konkrét, megszilárdít, beton, betonozHungarian
  • բետոնArmenian
  • betonIndonesian
  • 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
  • 콘크리트Korean
  • BëtongLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • betons, konkrēts, konkrēta, betonaLatvian
  • betongNorwegian
  • 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
  • betónSlovak
  • betonSlovene
  • betong, konkret, ta form, påtagligSwedish
  • కాంక్రీటుTelugu
  • dongu, betonTurkish
  • бетонUkrainian
  • bê tôngVietnamese
  • 具體Chinese

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