Meaning of CEMENT in English

CEMENT

/ sɪˈment; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun [ U ]

1.

a grey powder made by burning clay and lime that sets hard when it is mixed with water. Cement is used in building to stick bricks together and to make very hard surfaces.

2.

the hard substance that is formed when cement becomes dry and hard :

a floor of cement

a cement floor

—see also concrete , mortar

3.

a soft substance that becomes hard when dry and is used for sticking things together or filling in holes :

dental cement (= for filling holes in teeth)

4.

( formal ) something that unites people in a common interest :

values which are the cement of society

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

[ often passive ] cement A and B (together) to join two things together using cement , glue, etc.

2.

to make a relationship, an agreement, etc. stronger

SYN strengthen :

The President's visit was intended to cement the alliance between the two countries.

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French ciment (noun), cimenter (verb), from Latin caementum quarry stone, from caedere hew.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.