concrete

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adjective

con·​crete (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio)
ˈkän-ˌkrēt,
kən-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio)
1
: naming a real thing or class of things
the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract
2
: formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass
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
: relating to or made of concrete
a concrete wall
concretely adverb
concreteness noun

concrete

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verb

concreted; concreting

transitive verb

1
a
: to form into a solid mass : solidify
b
2
: to make actual or real : cause to take on the qualities of reality
3
: to cover with, form of, or set in concrete
The statues were concreted to the ground.

concrete

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noun

con·​crete ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio)
(ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt
1
: a mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body
2
: a hard strong building material made by mixing a cementing material (such as Portland cement) and a mineral aggregate (such as sand and gravel) with sufficient water to cause the cement to set and bind the entire mass
3
: a waxy essence of flowers prepared by extraction and evaporation and used in perfumery

Did you know?

We can trace "concrete" back to the Latin verb concrescere, meaning "to grow together." Appropriately, when if first entered English "concrete" could mean "connected by growth." Logicians and grammarians also applied "concrete" to words that expressed a quality viewed as being united with the thing it describes. That in turn led to the sense of "concrete" which we now contrast with "abstract" - concrete words express actual things ("rock," "lizard, "harpsichord"), while abstract words express qualities apart from actual things ("bliss," "freedom," "turpitude"). It was not until the 19th century that the noun "concrete," and its related adjective, began to be used for the building material composed of cementing material and sand, gravel, or similar materials.

Example Sentences

Adjective It's helpful to have concrete examples of how words are used in context. We hope the meetings will produce concrete results. Verb the mortar slowly concreted in the mold a choral work that concretes music and dance into a stunning theatrical experience
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Robert McKinley Studio brought the circle motif to life with a spherical paper pendant light but added contrast by sharpening the window trims with black paint, laying a square rug on the concrete floors, and hanging a small classic gilt frame. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 22 Nov. 2022 Indeed, months of fighting in the region has yielded few concrete gains for either side. Matthew Mpoke Bigg, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2022 The interior, meanwhile, pairs white oak and American walnut with floor-to-ceiling glass, metal accents and polished concrete floors. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2022 Cool concrete floors are offset by glowy globe lights, precise displays of prepared foods and pantry items by chatty, generous descriptions. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2022 The 2,500-square-foot block barn has central AC and heat workshop, stained concrete floors, two 12 foot electric overhead doors, and a second story loft area. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 Cons: Since it’s basically a custom product, concrete floors are pricey and require professional installation. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 12 Aug. 2022 Some people have bears, lions, tigers that are kept in small cages with concrete floors. Fox News, 12 Aug. 2022 The addition has polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling glass in the back, looking out to the lake. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022
Verb
Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rigolon acknowledged that having a large area of irrigated turf is preferable to asphalt or concrete. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022
Noun
Eliason is seeing a lot of wood tones, muted colors, and concrete with design textures. Kirby Adams, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 More and more homes were built of brick and concrete, and while the facade may have appeared modern, underneath, the construction was poorly held together, the study said. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 Another of the projects that Mr. Al-Taee works on involves removing concrete from around the ruins and replacing it with more porous material, such as river stones, another construction technique employed by the area’s residents in past millennia. Nazih Osseiran, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Nov. 2022 Eliason is seeing a lot of wood tones, muted colors, and concrete with design textures. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 22 Nov. 2022 Aldermen on the City Council’s Infrastructure and Technology Committee Monday recommended a purchase order for about $8.3 million for the structural steel and precast concrete for the building. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 There is very strong sunlight bouncing off concrete that’s been laid down for all the new buildings. Lauren Jackson, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2022 The plants, which supply wet concrete for development, have garnered public criticism throughout the state because of pollution and proximity to vulnerable communities. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Nov. 2022 In addition to climbing up ladders and grabbing heavy totes, workers have to walk between five to ten miles a day on hard concrete. Lior Elazary, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English concret "(of words) denoting a quality as adherent in a substance rather than in isolation," borrowed from Medieval Latin concrētus "composite, solidified, (of words) denoting a quality adherent in a substance rather than in isolation," going back to Latin, "formed, composite, condensed, solid," from past participle of concrēscere "to coalesce, condense, solidify, harden" — more at concrescence

Verb

borrowed from Latin concrētus, past participle of concrēscere "to coalesce, condense, solidify, harden" — more at concrescence

Noun

derivative of concrete entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of concrete was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Concrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concrete. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

concrete

1 of 3 adjective
con·​crete (ˈ)kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) kən- How to pronounce concrete (audio)
ˈkän-ˌkrēt
1
: naming a real thing or class of things : not abstract
"book" is a concrete noun but "goodness" is not
2
a
: belonging to or based on actual experience
concrete examples
b
: material entry 1 sense 1, real
concrete evidence
3
ˈkän-ˌkrēt,
kän-ˈkrēt
: relating to or made of concrete
a concrete wall
concretely adverb
concreteness noun

concrete

2 of 3 verb
concreted; concreting
1
2
: to cover with, form of, or set in concrete

concrete

3 of 3 noun
con·​crete ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio)
(ˈ)kän-ˈkrēt
: a hard strong building material made by mixing cement, sand, and gravel or broken rock with water

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