ceramics

[ suh-ram-iks ]
/ səˈræm ɪks /

noun

(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.

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Origin of ceramics

First recorded in 1855–60; see origin at ceramic, -ics

Definition for ceramics (2 of 2)

ceramic

[ suh-ram-ik ]
/ səˈræm ɪk /

adjective

of or relating to products made from clay and similar materials, as pottery and brick, or to their manufacture: ceramic art.

noun

ceramic material.

Origin of ceramic

1840–50; variant of keramic < Greek keramikós, equivalent to kéram(os) potters' clay + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for ceramics (1 of 2)

ceramics

/ (sɪˈræmɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the art and techniques of producing articles of clay, porcelain, etc
Derived Formsceramist (ˈsɛrəmɪst) or ceramicist, noun

British Dictionary definitions for ceramics (2 of 2)

ceramic

/ (sɪˈræmɪk) /

noun

a hard brittle material made by firing clay and similar substances
an object made from such a material

adjective

of, relating to, or made from a ceramicthis vase is ceramic
of or relating to ceramicsceramic arts and crafts

Word Origin for ceramic

C19: from Greek keramikos, from keramos potter's clay, pottery
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Word Origin and History for ceramics

ceramic


adj.

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.

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Science definitions for ceramics

ceramic

[ sə-rămĭk ]

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.
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