- 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.
- a hardening, adhesive, plastic substance, used in the repair of teeth for anchoring fillings or inlays, for filling, or for fastening crowns.
- 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.
- to become cemented; join together or unite; cohere.
Origin of cement
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Examples from the Web for cemented
The film also cemented its Rocky Horror status with a limited late-night theatrical run.‘Sharknado 2’ in Winter: Has the Franchise Jumped the Shark?
July 28, 2014
These feats, among others, have cemented him as an artist whose talents continue to push the limits of effective storytelling.Image is Everything: An Interview with Alejandro Zambra
February 28, 2014
His prominence was cemented by an appearance in a video of a tank ambush that killed hundreds of Russian soldiers in 1996.Tsarnaev Brothers’ Impact on U.S.-Russian Counterterrorism Cooperation
Andrew S. Weiss
April 21, 2013
More seriously for Cameron, they cemented the image of what one Tory MP called “arrogant posh boys.”Did David Cameron Snub Obama for Tennis?
September 28, 2012
But it was Marbury that cemented the idea in our legal culture that federal courts can nullify acts of Congress.After Health-Care Ruling, Time to Reconsider Supreme Court’s Power
David R. Dow
July 8, 2012
As our population has expanded, the Union has been cemented and strengthened.
I hope when your hearts are cemented by wedlock, you will both do better.The Politician Out-Witted
Thy throne is mortised with their bones, cemented with their blood.The Book of Khalid
The bricks were solid, immovable, the cemented joints firm and unbroken.The Film of Fear
Bars of thick wood, cemented into heavy timbers at top and bottom.
- 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
- to reinforce or consolidateonce 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
Word Origin and History for cemented
c.1400, from cement (n.) or Old French cimenter. Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cemented; cementing.
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.
- A substance used for filling dental cavities or anchoring crowns, inlays, or other restorations.
- A substance that hardens to act as an adhesive; glue.