[ si-ment ]
/ sɪˈmɛnt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. celto-germanic,
  2. celtuce,
  3. celure,
  4. cema,
  5. cembalo,
  6. cement line,
  7. cement mixer,
  8. cement steel,
  9. cementation,
  10. cementicle

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 confusedcement concrete mortar2

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British Dictionary definitions for recement


/ (sɪˈmɛnt) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formscementer, 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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Word Origin and History for recement
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Medicine definitions for recement


[ sĭ-mĕnt ]


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

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