ce·​ram·​ic | \ sə-ˈra-mik How to pronounce ceramic (audio) , especially British kə- \

Definition of ceramic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the manufacture of any product (such as earthenware, porcelain, or brick) made essentially from a nonmetallic mineral (such as clay) by firing at a high temperature also : of or relating to such a product



Definition of ceramic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 ceramics plural in form but singular in construction : the art or process of making ceramic articles
2 : a product of ceramic manufacture

Examples of ceramic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The microwave’s ceramic enamel interior looks great and is easy to clean, and the exterior boasts a sleek mirrored front and a black metal casing. Popular Science, "The best microwaves for a fast-paced lifestyle," 22 Jan. 2020 This '32 is powered by a 355ci Chevrolet small-block V8 engine with an Edelbrock manifold and carburetor, Offenhauser valve covers and ceramic-coated Sanderson headers. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 10 celebrity, charity and other cool cars to cross auction block on Friday," 17 Jan. 2020 Modern styles in leather or metal are easy to DIY, and ceramic planters with rope hangers already attached add a sleek look to a space. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Now Trending: Four Stylish Ways to Display Your Houseplants," 15 Jan. 2020 However, to really get the most life out of a single blade, store it back in the sheath after removal and then re-sharpen once or twice on a ceramic rod or diamond stone at home before finally disposing of it. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Get a Replaceable-Blade Knife," 3 Jan. 2020 Grab your finest ceramic bowl or, more realistically, an Ikea plate, and lay down a bed of rice to get this grain bowl going. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "A Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bowl That's So Easy You Hardly Need This Recipe," 30 May 2018 The device does not display anatomical body parts and can detect metal, plastic, ceramic, gel, liquid, powder and paper hidden in people’s clothing from up to 32 feet away, according to Thruvision. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro teams up with TSA to test anti-explosive detection system," 17 Dec. 2019 There are also options for other Christmas tree night lights that aren’t ceramic, but have a similar aesthetic of merry bright lights. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Ceramic Christmas Tree Night Lights Will Make Your Home Glow Bright from Corner-to-Corner," 17 Oct. 2019 The administration has stepped up its use of trade remedies to counter Chinese subsidies, hitting in the past two months imports of steel staples, diamond saw blades, hardwood lumber and ceramic tiles with defensive levies of as much as 356%. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Initial U.S.-China trade deal has major hole: Beijing’s massive business subsidies," 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thanh Long has been drawing diners to Judah and 46th Avenue long before the stretch became a media darling as a magnet for bearded surfers and clog-clad women seeking espresso, toast, ceramics and succulents. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "For generations, Thanh Long in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset has been the go-to for crab," 23 Jan. 2020 These are generous gifts for the people in your life who cook, entertain, or otherwise collect ceramics to serve olives in. Bon Appétit, "30 Gifts for People Who Love Food, Picked By People Who Love Food," 20 Nov. 2019 The 270-square-foot store includes a wide selection of gifts, such as jewelry, ceramics, candles, soaps, cards and clothing. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brown Deer native just opened a gift shop featuring local artists down the street from where she grew up," 3 Jan. 2020 Set along the idyllic Riverwalk in downtown Northfield, nearly 70 fine artists and craftspersons sell their work — ceramics, jewelry, paintings, fiber, wood and steel — offering something for everyone. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Find inspiration and solutions at these home, garden and art tours," 28 Sep. 2019 The specialty items include homemade quilts, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry and a selection of fall decor. Daily Pilot, "Harvest Festival ushers in autumn at O.C. fairgrounds," 20 Sep. 2019 Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and more will be sold. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday art openings: Personal, political, whimsical," 1 Aug. 2019 Architect Tristan Auer designed the hotel with Thai and French influences in mind and used lacquer, silk, ceramics and basketwork for decorations. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "The most-anticipated 2020 hotel openings around the world," 24 Dec. 2019 Working with a transparent version of a common ceramic and a laser technique similar to the one used for glass, the researchers successfully welded cylindrical containers. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "New Technique Welds Ceramics with Lasers," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ceramic


1850, in the meaning defined above


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ceramic


Greek keramikos, from keramos potter's clay, pottery

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The first known use of ceramic was in 1850

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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ceramic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceramics. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce ceramic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ceramic

: made of clay that has been heated to a very high temperature so that it becomes hard


ce·​ram·​ic | \ sə-ˈra-mik How to pronounce ceramic (audio) \

Kids Definition of ceramic

1 ceramics plural : the art of making things (as pottery or tiles) of baked clay
2 : a product made by baking clay

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