Meaning of CEMENT in English


I. ce ‧ ment 1 /sɪˈment/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: ciment , from Latin caementum 'small pieces of stone used in making mortar' , from caedere 'to cut' ]

1 . a grey powder made from ↑ lime and clay that becomes hard when it is mixed with water and allowed to dry, and that is used in building ⇨ concrete :

a bag of cement

2 . a thick sticky substance that becomes very hard when it dries and is used for filling holes or sticking things together

II. cement 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . ( also cement over ) to cover something with cement

2 . to make a relationship between people, countries, or organizations firm and strong

cement a relationship/alliance

They want to cement a good working relationship between the government and trade unions.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.