cement

[ si-ment ]
/ sɪˈmɛnt /

noun

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to become cemented; join together or unite; cohere.

Origin of cement

1250–1300; < Latin cēmentum, variant of caementum (singular of caementa unprocessed cuttings from the quarry, i.e., rough stone and chips) < *caed-mentom, equivalent to caed(ere) to cut + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English cyment < Old French ciment < Latin, as above

Related forms

Can be confused

cement concrete mortar2
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British Dictionary definitions for cement

cement

/ (sɪˈmɛnt) /

noun


verb (tr)

Derived Forms

cementer, noun

Word Origin for cement

C13: from Old French ciment, from Latin caementum stone from the quarry, from caedere to hew
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Medicine definitions for cement

cement

[ sĭ-mĕnt ]

n.

A substance used for filling dental cavities or anchoring crowns, inlays, or other restorations.
cementum
A substance that hardens to act as an adhesive; glue.

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