What does concrete mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term concrete:

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


  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.

    Josie's 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 wasn't.

  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

  11. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce concrete?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say concrete in sign language?

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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. Dieter Zetsche:

    This is a concrete development goal of ours.

  2. Lewis Mumford:

    Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.

  3. Desmond Morris:

    The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.

  4. Luciano Kliemaschewsk:

    Nothing concrete yet. We're identifying opportunities.

  5. Ivo Contreras:

    It's a pleasure, an oasis of calm in this concrete city.

Images & Illustrations of concrete

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