- (used with a singular verb) the art or technology of making objects of clay and similar materials treated by firing.
- (used with a plural verb) articles of earthenware, porcelain, etc.
Origin of ceramics
- of or relating to products made from clay and similar materials, as pottery and brick, or to their manufacture: ceramic art.
- ceramic material.
Origin of ceramic
Examples from the Web for ceramics
The Daily Pic: James Hyde combines painting, ceramics and photography.Painteramicography?
May 15, 2012
The photo's blues and oranges seem to echo some of the greatest Islamic ceramics.Newsweek's Liohn Roars
April 25, 2012
I also love strolling around Chinatown to shop for things like ceramics.Fresh Picks
August 31, 2011
Ceramics engineering: general ceramics and ceramics engineering; ceramics; ceramics engineering.College Teaching
The making of ceramics was developed to an art, as was the making of different types of glass.Space Prison
Naturally my chief solicitude was about my collection of Ceramics.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The ceramics of England are of special interest to the American reader.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
What thickness of ceramics, or fabric, or rubber, or metal remained!Double or Nothing
- (functioning as singular) the art and techniques of producing articles of clay, porcelain, etc
- a hard brittle material made by firing clay and similar substances
- an object made from such a material
- of, relating to, or made from a ceramicthis vase is ceramic
- of or relating to ceramicsceramic arts and crafts
Word Origin and History for ceramics
1850, keramic, from Greek keramikos, from keramos "potter's clay, pottery, tiles," perhaps from a pre-Hellenic word. Watkins suggests possible connection with Latin cremare "to burn," but Klein's sources are firmly against this. Spelling influenced by French céramique (1806). Related: ceramist (1855). Ceramics is attested from 1857.
- Any of various hard, brittle, heat- and corrosion-resistant materials made typically of metallic elements combined with oxygen or with carbon, nitrogen, or sulfur. Most ceramics are crystalline and are poor conductors of electricity, though some recently discovered copper-oxide ceramics are superconductors at low temperatures.