- a hardening, adhesive, plastic substance, used in the repair of teeth for anchoring fillings or inlays, for filling, or for fastening crowns.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- cement line,
- cement mixer,
- cement steel,
Origin of cement
Examples from the Web for cement
He was pinned to the cement for his refusal to go along with an arrest for selling loose cigarettes.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Holding the architectural smorgasbord of a castle together was cement, wire, and mortar.
And to check out this 100-year-old steel and cement engineering marvel.
Death waits for these things as a cement floor waits for a dropping light bulb.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation|Nathaniel Rich|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And what Navfac calls “standard airfield concrete” is military-grade, made with aggregate and Portland cement.Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To?|Bill Sweetman|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One barrel of cement would joint about 300 sections of pipe.Concrete Construction|Halbert P. Gillette
Their cement for coating walls is like ours; the stucco flat coloured, and the colours mixed with the plaster before laying on.A Manual of the Historical Development of Art|G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
He now embarks on several courses of action, each of which is designed to cement their relations.The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry|W. G. Archer
The detective visited the spot and turned over the pile of cement, which revealed nothing.The Red Redmaynes|Eden Phillpotts
Once she heard the closing of a door, and the sound of footsteps echoing faintly upon the cement floor of the lower corridor.The Ivory Snuff Box|Arnold Fredericks
Word Origin 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.