Meaning of CEMENT in English

CEMENT

n. & v.

--n.

1. a powdery substance made by calcining lime and clay, mixed with water to form mortar or used in concrete (see also Portland cement).

2 any similar substance that hardens and fastens on setting.

3 a uniting factor or principle.

4 a substance for filling cavities in teeth.

5 (also cementum) Anat. a thin layer of bony material that fixes teeth to the jaw.

--v.tr.

1. a unite with or as with cement. b establish or strengthen (a friendship etc.).

2 apply cement to.

3 line or cover with cement.

Phrases and idioms:

cement-mixer a machine (usu. with a revolving drum) for mixing cement with water.

Derivatives:

cementer n.

Etymology: ME f. OF ciment f. L caementum quarry stone f. caedere hew

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.