concrete

adjective
con·​crete | \ (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) , ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kən-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \

Definition of concrete

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
3a : 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

concrete

verb
con·​crete | \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) , kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \
concreted; concreting

Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to form into a solid mass : solidify
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

noun
con·​crete | \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) , (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt \

Definition of concrete (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from concrete

Adjective

concretely adverb
concreteness noun

Did You Know?

Adjective

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.

Examples of concrete in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By the end of the week, concrete barriers, huge city trucks and police cars had sealed the length of the National Mall. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "Nation's capital city locks down in advance of Biden's inauguration," 16 Jan. 2021 Some northbound lanes on State Highway 360 in Arlington will be closed for several days this week while temporary concrete barriers are placed along the highway. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "State Highway 360 construction to close lanes in Arlington, plus other area traffic updates," 28 Dec. 2020 Synagogues in my hometown of Rockville, Maryland, now have large concrete barriers at their entrances and enhanced police protection. Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY, "This is America: Anti-Semitism is not a punchline," 10 Dec. 2020 In a failed attempt to stall the farmers, authorities have lobbed tear-gas shells, dug up trenches, erected concrete barriers and deployed water cannons and phalanxes of baton-wielding policemen. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "India Throws a Trudeau Tantrum," 10 Dec. 2020 Although no mode of public transportation is completely safe, there are some concrete ways to reduce risk, whether on an airplane, train or bus—or even in a shared car. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Evaluating COVID Risk on Planes, Trains and Automobiles," 19 Nov. 2020 Public works crews will begin removing the concrete barriers that created pseudo-patio space for restaurants along LaSalle Road and Farmington Avenue at 5 a.m. Nov. 16, according to a notice from the town. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "West Hartford to remove on-street outdoor dining in Center, Blue Back Square ahead of winter snow plowing," 9 Nov. 2020 But others are boarding anyway, and concrete barriers were being installed outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building across from Lafayette Square. Washington Post, "D.C. police and businesses prepare for possible Election Day unrest," 30 Oct. 2020 Last week, Boulder Creek Community Church, which backs up to a steep, burned hill, installed six 20-foot, 4-ton concrete barriers to lessen the impact of a mudslide, Pastor Adam Miller said. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "‘Doomsday scenario’: Santa Cruz mountain towns prepare for winter mudslides after CZU wildfire," 18 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aside from not trying to drill concrete with a bit made for wood, here are some factors for purchasing a set of quality bits that will last you more than one job. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Features You Need in Your Next Drill Bit Set," 7 Dec. 2020 How could concrete contort that much without exploding into dust? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Sporting Green reader memories: Loma Prieta at Candlestick, Matt Cain perfect," 27 June 2020 The Kwai’s crew of 11, sailors accustomed to unloading anything from cars to concrete on isolated islands, uses winches and sweat to hoist the heavy nets from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where swirling currents gather floating debris. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Untangling the ocean trash glut, one ‘ghost net’ at a time," 19 June 2020 That is, if the information gathered by investigators leads to concrete results within the church and the criminal justice system. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Vatican to send abuse investigators to Mexico," 5 Mar. 2020 The location will also serve local brews and frozen custard concretes with mix-ins by Chicago bakeries like Hot Chocolate Bakery and Bang Bang Pie. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Hemingway-inspired Spanish tapas restaurant opens in Logan Square, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 17 Oct. 2019 Small fish peer out from the necks of the jugs, which the passage of time has concreted into the seabed. Elena Becatoros, The Seattle Times, "Wrecks, sunken treasures lie under Albania’s coastal waters," 2 Aug. 2017 Small fish peer out from the necks of the jugs, which the passage of time has concreted into the seabed. Washington Post, "Wrecks, sunken treasures lie under Albania’s coastal waters," 2 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Raw concrete is often used, as with the Knutson Co. building, due to its low cost. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Getting a COVID vaccines, historic preservation," 17 Jan. 2021 Road beds are being prepared with an unusual lightweight concrete to keep streets from sagging into the fill, a problem that has plagued some parts of Mission Bay. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Mission Rock megaproject starting to take shape across from Oracle Park," 1 Jan. 2021 One material that stuck out like a sore thumb: concrete. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Artist Beautifully Molds Sand and Cement to Cast Concrete Sinks That Nod to the Past," 29 Dec. 2020 Many homeowners choose a low-sheen or matte finish when painting uneven surfaces such as concrete or stucco. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best exterior house paint," 19 Dec. 2020 Key states lack concrete plans to promote vaccines in Black communities. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Vaccinating Black Americans Is Essential. Key States Aren’t Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy," 18 Dec. 2020 The acting commissioner also said border wall contractors could charge the government for the cost of refilling trenches with dirt if concrete is not poured into them by the time Biden pulls the plug. Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Halting construction of border wall could save $2.6 billion, Pentagon says," 17 Dec. 2020 The acting commissioner also said border wall contractors could charge the government for the cost of refilling trenches with dirt if concrete isn’t poured into them by the time Biden pulls the plug. Washington Post, "Biden order to halt border wall project would save U.S. $2.6 billion, Pentagon estimates show," 16 Dec. 2020 The concrete on the bridges have been poured and asphalt work connecting the highway to the bridges is underway, the highway department said. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "U.S. 231 bridges in Morgan County nearing completion on closed highway," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of concrete

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

History and Etymology for concrete

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

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Cite this Entry

“Concrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concrete. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for concrete

concrete

adjective
How to pronounce concrete (audio) How to pronounce concrete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of concrete

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

concrete

verb
How to pronounce concrete (audio) How to pronounce concrete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 3)

British : to cover or form (something) with concrete

concrete

noun
How to pronounce concrete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of concrete (Entry 3 of 3)

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

concrete

adjective
con·​crete | \ kän-ˈkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \

Kids Definition of concrete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of or relating to concrete
2 : being specific and useful a concrete example
3 : being real and useful concrete evidence

concrete

noun
con·​crete | \ ˈkän-ˌkrēt How to pronounce concrete (audio) \

Kids Definition of concrete (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hardened mixture of cement, sand, and water with gravel or broken stone used in construction

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