[ sur-met ]
/ ˈsɜr mɛt /


a durable, heat-resistant alloy formed by compacting and sintering a metal and a ceramic substance, used under conditions of high temperature and stress.
Also called ceramal.

Origin of cermet

First recorded in 1950–55; cer(amic) + met(al)
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British Dictionary definitions for cermet

/ (ˈsɜːmɪt) /


any of several materials consisting of a metal matrix with ceramic particles disseminated through it. They are hard and resistant to high temperaturesAlso called: ceramal

Word Origin for cermet

C20: from cer (amic) + met (al)
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