cement

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English[edit]

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Workers in Iraq using a cement mixer to make cement (sense 2)
Bags of cement (sense 1) used for building construction in Tunisia
Footprints and graffiti in freshly laid cement (sense 2) in London, United Kingdom

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French ciment, from Latin caementum ‎(quarry stone; stone chips for making mortar), from caedō ‎(I cut, hew).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /səˈmɛnt/
  • (file)
  • (US South) IPA(key): /ˈsimɛnt/
  • Hyphenation: ce‧ment

Noun[edit]

cement ‎(countable and uncountable, plural cements)

  1. (countable, uncountable) A powdered substance that develops strong adhesive properties when mixed with water.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter 22, in The Mirror and the Lamp, London; New York, NY.: Cassell, OCLC 4293073, OL 1097634W:
      In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.
  2. (uncountable) The paste-like substance resulting from mixing such a powder with water, or the rock-like substance that forms when it dries.
  3. (uncountable) Any material with strong adhesive properties.
  4. (figuratively) A bond of union; that which unites firmly, as persons in friendship or in society.
    the cement of our love
  5. (anatomy) The layer of bone investing the root and neck of a tooth; cementum.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To affix with cement.
  2. (transitive) To overlay or coat with cement.
    to cement a cellar floor
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To unite firmly or closely.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  4. (figuratively) To make permanent.
    • 1758, David Hume, “Essay XXII. Of Polygamy and Divorces.”, in Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects, new edition, London: Printed for A[ndrew] Millar, in the Strand; and A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson, at Edinburgh, OCLC 912916757, page 115:
      But friendſhip is a calm and ſedate affection, conducted by reaſon and cemented by habit; ſpringing from long acquaintance and mutual obligations; without jealouſies or fears; and without thoſe feveriſh fits of heat and cold, which cauſe ſuch an agreeable torment in the amorous paſſion.
    • 2016 March 27, Daniel Taylor, “Eric Dier seals England’s stunning comeback against Germany”, in The Guardian[1], London, archived from the original on 22 April 2016:
      [Dele] Alli’s ability to break forward from midfield was a prominent feature and the 19-year-old must have gone a long way to cementing his place in the team.

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Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

cement m

  1. cement

Polish[edit]

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cement m inan

  1. cement

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Zement, from Latin caementum ‎(quarry stone; stone chips for making mortar), from caedo ‎(I cut, hew).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tsěment/
  • Hyphenation: ce‧ment

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cèment m ‎(Cyrillic spelling цѐмент)

  1. cement

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Swedish[edit]

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cement c

  1. cement

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