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[si-ment] /sɪˈmɛnt/
any of various calcined mixtures of clay and limestone, usually mixed with water and sand, gravel, etc., to form concrete, that are used as a building material.
any of various soft, sticky substances that dry hard or stonelike, used especially for mending broken objects or for making things adhere.
Petrography. the compact groundmass surrounding and binding together the fragments of clastic rocks.
anything that binds or unites:
Time is the cement of friendship.
  1. a hardening, adhesive, plastic substance, used in the repair of teeth for anchoring fillings or inlays, for filling, or for fastening crowns.
  2. Informal. cementum.
verb (used with object)
to unite by or as if by cement:
to cement stones to form a wall; to cement a relationship.
to coat or cover with cement:
to cement a floor.
verb (used without object)
to become cemented; join together or unite; cohere.
Origin of cement
1250-1300; < Latin cēmentum, variant of caementum (singular of caementa unprocessed cuttings from the quarry, i.e., rough stone and chips) < *caed-mentom, equivalent to caed(ere) to cut + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English cyment < Old French ciment < Latin, as above
Related forms
cementable, adjective
cementer, noun
cementless, adjective
recement, verb
well-cemented, adjective
Can be confused
cement, concrete, mortar.
6. merge, join, bind, fuse, secure. Unabridged
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  • This paste is very strong—in fact, almost as durable as cement.

  • He dassent let 'em pour concrete without him or his cement expert is round.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • A finger glass with two holes drilled to pass the wires through, which are imbedded in cement up to the platinum plates.

    The Boy's Playbook of Science John Henry Pepper
  • Of late years large numbers of "concrete" or "cement" houses have been built.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • This experience, however, by no means ended the practice, which continued down to the present day of flag and cement.

British Dictionary definitions for cement


a fine grey powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay, used with water and sand to make mortar, or with water, sand, and aggregate, to make concrete
a binder, glue, or adhesive
something that unites or joins; bond
(dentistry) any of various materials used in filling teeth
mineral matter, such as silica and calcite, that binds together particles of rock, bones, etc, to form a solid mass of sedimentary rock
another word for cementum
verb (transitive)
to reinforce or consolidate: once a friendship is cemented it will last for life
to join, bind, or glue together with or as if with cement
to coat or cover with cement
Derived Forms
cementer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ciment, from Latin caementum stone from the quarry, from caedere to hew
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Word Origin and History for cement

c.1300, from Old French ciment "cement, mortar, pitch," from Latin cæmenta "stone chips used for making mortar" (singular caementum), from caedere "to cut down, chop, beat, hew, fell, slay" (see -cide). The sense evolution from "small broken stones" to "powdered stones used in construction" took place before the word reached English.


c.1400, from cement (n.) or Old French cimenter. Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cemented; cementing.


c.1400, from cement (n.) or Old French cimenter. Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cemented; cementing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cement in Medicine

cement ce·ment (sĭ-měnt')

  1. A substance used for filling dental cavities or anchoring crowns, inlays, or other restorations.

  2. See cementum.

  3. A substance that hardens to act as an adhesive; glue.

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