Meaning of CEMENT in English


I. si-ˈment also ˈsē-ment noun

Etymology: Middle English sement, from Anglo-French ciment, from Latin caementum stone chips used in making mortar, from caedere to cut

Date: 14th century


a. : concrete

b. : a powder of alumina, silica, lime, iron oxide, and magnesium oxide burned together in a kiln and finely pulverized and used as an ingredient of mortar and concrete ; also : any mixture used for a similar purpose

2. : a binding element or agency: as

a. : a substance to make objects adhere to each other

b. : something serving to unite firmly

justice is the cement that holds a political community together — R. M. Hutchins

3. : cementum

4. : a plastic composition made especially of zinc or silica for filling dental cavities

5. : the fine-grained groundmass or glass of a porphyry

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to unite or make firm by or as if by cement

2. : to overlay with concrete

intransitive verb

: to become cemented

• ce·ment·er noun

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