- constituting an actual thing or instance; real: a concrete proof of his sincerity.
- pertaining to or concerned with realities or actual instances rather than abstractions; particular (opposed to general): concrete ideas.
- representing or applied to an actual substance or thing, as opposed to an abstract quality: The words “cat,” “water,” and “teacher” are concrete, whereas the words “truth,” “excellence,” and “adulthood” are abstract.
- made of concrete: a concrete pavement.
- formed by coalescence of separate particles into a mass; united in a coagulated, condensed, or solid mass or state.
- an artificial, stonelike material used for various structural purposes, made by mixing cement and various aggregates, as sand, pebbles, gravel, or shale, with water and allowing the mixture to harden.Compare reinforced concrete.
- any of various other artificial building or paving materials, as those containing tar.
- a concrete idea or term; a word or notion having an actual or existent thing or instance as its referent.
- a mass formed by coalescence or concretion of particles of matter.
- to treat or lay with concrete: to concrete a sidewalk.
- to form into a mass by coalescence of particles; render solid.
- to make real, tangible, or particular.
- to coalesce into a mass; become solid; harden.
- to use or apply concrete.
- set/cast in concrete, to put (something) in final form; finalize so as to prevent change or reversal: The basic agreement sets in concrete certain policies.
Origin of concrete
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Examples from the Web for concrete
As a writer, I tried mainly to stick close to the concrete particulars of the events and the performances I was describing.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
It was the most common and concrete opportunity to do unto others as you would wish to have done unto you.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
D.C., but it is not likely to result in any concrete and meaningful action.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
When they are full, many landfills are capped—covered with asphalt or concrete.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
The concrete building from which the sounds emanate shakes from the impact, rattling the colorful houses on the dirt roads nearby.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
November 11, 2014
For instance, take a concrete case; so best can we illustrate.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
In other words, and to be concrete, put these things in the car while I fold the blanket.Her Father's Daughter
Their front is one unbroken wall of sheet iron and concrete.The Harbor
This third line of trenches was protected with armor plate and concrete.
And the bridges are not of iron and concrete, but of rainbows and––moonshine!The Book of Khalid
- a construction material made of a mixture of cement, sand, stone, and water that hardens to a stonelike mass
- (as modifier)a concrete slab
- physics a rigid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles
- relating to a particular instance or object; specific as opposed to generala concrete example
- relating to or characteristic of things capable of being perceived by the senses, as opposed to abstractions
- (as noun)the concrete
- formed by the coalescence of particles; condensed; solid
- (tr) to construct in or cover with concrete
- (kənˈkriːt) to become or cause to become solid; coalesce
Word Origin and History for concrete
late 14c., "actual, solid," from Latin concretus "condensed, hardened, thick, hard, stiff, curdled, congealed, clotted," figuratively "thick; dim," literally "grown together;" past participle of concrescere "to grow together," from com- "together" (see com-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). A logicians' term until meaning began to expand 1600s. Noun sense of "building material made from cement, etc." is first recorded 1834.
- Relating to an actual, specific thing or instance; particular.
- Existing in reality or in real experience; perceptible by the senses; real.
- Relating to a material thing or group of things as opposed to an abstraction.
- Formed by the coalescence of separate particles or parts into one mass; solid.