- 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)
Origin of cement
Synonyms for cement
Related Words for cementadhesive, plaster, mud, sand, seal, size, gum, concrete, binder, bond, solder, glue, paste, mucilage, gunk, tar, birdlime, sealant, mortar, lime
Examples from the Web for cement
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 8, 2014
Holding the architectural smorgasbord of a castle together was cement, wire, and mortar.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
And to check out this 100-year-old steel and cement engineering marvel.A Man, a Plan, a Canal: Panama Turns 100
August 17, 2014
Death waits for these things as a cement floor waits for a dropping light bulb.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation
July 27, 2014
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?
May 26, 2014
Historical Examples of cement
As the boy ran off, K.'s eye fell on what he had written on the cement.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Then there was a clattering on the cement floor as of a million arrows.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
The streets of the towns were narrow, but were often paved with a sort of cement.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
Broken china may be repaired with cement, made of equal parts of glue, the white of an egg, and white-lead mixed together.
The plaster or cement coating is intact, and the inscription is plain.
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.