adjective \(ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt, ˈkän-ˌ, kən-ˈ\

: made of concrete

: relating to or involving specific people, things, or actions rather than general ideas or qualities

Full Definition of CONCRETE

:  naming a real thing or class of things <the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract>
:  formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass
a :  characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events
b :  specific, particular <a concrete proposal>
c :  real, tangible <concrete evidence>
:  relating to or made of concrete <a concrete wall>
con·crete·ly adverb
con·crete·ness noun

Examples of CONCRETE

  1. It's helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context.
  2. We hope the meetings will produce concrete results.

Origin of CONCRETE

Middle English, from Latin concretus, from past participle of concrescere
First Known Use: 14th century


verb \ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kän-ˈ\

: to cover or form (something) with concrete


Full Definition of CONCRETE

transitive verb
a :  to form into a solid mass :  solidify
b :  combine, blend
:  to make actual or real :  cause to take on the qualities of reality
:  to cover with, form of, or set in concrete
intransitive verb
:  to become concreted

Examples of CONCRETE

  1. <the mortar slowly concreted in the mold>
  2. <a choral work that concretes music and dance into a stunning theatrical experience>

First Known Use of CONCRETE



noun \ˈkän-ˌkrēt, (ˌ)kän-ˈ\

: a hard, strong material that is used for building and made by mixing cement, sand, and broken rocks with water

Full Definition of CONCRETE

:  a mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body
:  a hard strong building material made by mixing a cementing material (as portland cement) and a mineral aggregate (as sand and gravel) with sufficient water to cause the cement to set and bind the entire mass
:  a waxy essence of flowers prepared by extraction and evaporation and used in perfumery

First Known Use of CONCRETE


Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Artificial stone made of a mixture of cement, aggregate (hard material), and water. In addition to its potential for immense compressive strength and its ability, when poured, to adapt to virtually any form, concrete is fire-resistant and has become one of the most common building materials in the world. The binder usually used today is portland cement. The aggregate is usually sand and gravel. Additives called admixtures may be used to accelerate the curing (hardening) process in low temperature conditions. Other admixtures trap air in the concrete or slow shrinkage and increase strength. See also precast concrete, prestressed concrete, reinforced concrete.


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