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concrete

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

Simple Definition of concrete

  • : made of concrete

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

Full Definition of concrete

  1. 1 :  naming a real thing or class of things <the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract>

  2. 2 :  formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass

  3. 3 a :  characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events b :  specific, particular <a concrete proposal> c :  real, tangible <concrete evidence>

  4. 4 :  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


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concrete

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verb con·crete \ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kän-ˈ\

Simple Definition of concrete

  • : to cover or form (something) with concrete

Full Definition of concrete

con·cret·edcon·cret·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to form into a solid mass :  solidify b :  combine, blend

  3. 2 :  to make actual or real :  cause to take on the qualities of reality

  4. 3 :  to cover with, form of, or set in concrete

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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>



1590

First Known Use of concrete

1590


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concrete

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noun con·crete \ˈkän-ˌkrēt, (ˌ)kän-ˈ\

Simple Definition of concrete

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

Full Definition of concrete

  1. 1 :  a mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 :  a waxy essence of flowers prepared by extraction and evaporation and used in perfumery

1656

First Known Use of concrete

1656

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