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Meaning of cement by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • cæment ( archaic )


    From Latin caementum ( “quarry stone; stone chips for making mortar” ), from caedo ( “I cut, hew” ) .


    cement ( plural: cements )

    1. ( uncountable ) A powdered substance that develops strong adhesive properties when mixed with water .
    2. ( uncountable ) The paste-like substance resulting from mixing such a powder with water .
    3. ( uncountable ) Any material with strong adhesive properties .
    4. ( countable ) A particular type or brand of cement .

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    cement ( third-person singular simple present cements present participle cementing, simple past and past participle cemented )

    1. To affix with cement .
    2. ( figuratively ) To ensure an outcome.

Explanation of cement by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make fast as if with cement

    2. We cemented our friendship
    3. bind or join with or as if with cement

    4. cover or coat with cement

    1. a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth

    2. something that hardens to act as adhesive material

    3. a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay

    4. concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement

    5. they stood on the grey cement beside the pool
    6. any of various materials used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth

    Definition of cement by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cement ( sĕmĕnt or sĕmĕnt ), n. [OF. cement, ciment, F. ciment, fr. L. caementum a rough, unhewn stone, pieces or chips of marble, from which mortar was made, contr. fr. caedimentum, fr. caedere to cut, prob. akin to scindere to cleave, and to E. shed, v. t.]
      1. Any substance used for making bodies adhere to each other, as mortar, glue, etc.

      2. A kind of calcined limestone, or a calcined mixture of clay and lime, for making mortar which will harden under water.

      3. The powder used in cementation. See Cementation, n., 2.

      4. Bond of union; that which unites firmly, as persons in friendship, or men in society. “The cement of our love.”

      5. ( Anat. ) The layer of bone investing the root and neck of a tooth; -- called also cementum.

      Hydraulic cement. See under Hydraulic.

    2. Cement v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cemented; p. pr. & vb. n. Cementing.] [Cf. F. cimenter. See Cement, n.]
      1. To unite or cause to adhere by means of a cement. Bp. Burnet.

      2. To unite firmly or closely. Shak.

      3. To overlay or coat with cement; as, “to cement a cellar bottom”.

    3. Cement, v. i. To become cemented or firmly united; to cohere. S. Sharp.