Nearby words

  1. concorporate,
  2. concours,
  3. concours d'élégance,
  4. concourse,
  5. concrescence,
  6. concrete mixer,
  7. concrete music,
  8. concrete noun,
  9. concrete number,
  10. concrete poet


    set/cast in concrete, to put (something) in final form; finalize so as to prevent change or reversal: The basic agreement sets in concrete certain policies.

Origin of concrete

1375–1425; late Middle English concret < Latin concrētus (past participle of concrēscere to grow together), equivalent to con- con- + crē- (stem of crēscere to grow, increase; see -esce) + -tus past participle ending

Related forms
Can be confusedcement concrete mortar2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concrete


/ (ˈkɒnkriːt) /


  1. a construction material made of a mixture of cement, sand, stone, and water that hardens to a stonelike mass
  2. (as modifier)a concrete slab
physics a rigid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles



(tr) to construct in or cover with concrete
(kənˈkriːt) to become or cause to become solid; coalesce
Derived Formsconcretely, adverbconcreteness, nounconcretive, adjectiveconcretively, adverb

Word Origin for concrete

C14: from Latin concrētus grown together, hardened, from concrēscere; see concrescence

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Word Origin and History for concrete



late 14c., "actual, solid," from Latin concretus "condensed, hardened, thick, hard, stiff, curdled, congealed, clotted," figuratively "thick; dim," literally "grown together;" past participle of concrescere "to grow together," from com- "together" (see com-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). A logicians' term until meaning began to expand 1600s. Noun sense of "building material made from cement, etc." is first recorded 1834.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for concrete


[ kŏn-krēt, kŏnkrēt′ ]


Relating to an actual, specific thing or instance; particular.
Existing in reality or in real experience; perceptible by the senses; real.
Relating to a material thing or group of things as opposed to an abstraction.
Formed by the coalescence of separate particles or parts into one mass; solid.

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