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 And with Baghdad enjoying its most peaceful period in years, some of the checkpoints and concrete blast walls are disappearing—for the time being, at least. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future," 4 Sep. 2019 The exterior of the stadium would also get a new look, stripping away the aluminum siding and replacing it with concrete pillars. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Would $8 million revitalize abandoned Huntsville stadium?," 22 Aug. 2019 Dozens of concrete slabs have cracked in the last two years. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "New lanes, exits coming to I-680 through Fremont: Roadshow," 21 Aug. 2019 The bridge has 29 concrete support pillars, a 90-degree arch and its tallest point measures at over 200 feet, a height required by the Navy so its tallest ships could pass beneath. Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo woman was first to ride over San Diego-Coronado Bridge," 15 Aug. 2019 There’s a shelter with a concrete slab for committal services. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Once in ruins, San Antonio’s Eastview Cemetery restored to sacred resting place," 15 Aug. 2019 Frampton suffered was left with a broken metacarpal in his left hand that forced him to withdraw from his fight against Emmanuel Dominguez after a concrete pillar in a hotel lobby fell and smashed his hand. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Jason Sosa vs. Haskell Lydell Rhodes: How to Watch Top Rank Boxing Online, TV," 10 Aug. 2019 The single-level home sits on eight concrete pillars with views from every room. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Beachfront paradise in Kauai asks $14M," 8 Aug. 2019 In the middle of the embankment there is a concrete core wall that is a half mile long, 12 feet thick at the base and up to 140 feet tall. John Torsiello, courant.com, "80-year-old architectural marvel at Barkhamsted Reservoir is also a lovely picnic spot," 4 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The closure was not related to the runway number issue but resulted from deteriorating concrete. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "SFO: The typo that almost crashed a plane," 13 Sep. 2019 This boxy house in Hyogo, Japan, does concrete right. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "No-frills Japanese house is an ode to concrete," 20 Aug. 2019 The man had been helping load concrete into the Impala, a 350-foot ship. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Firefighters rescue man from 50 feet inside ship at Port Everglades," 18 Aug. 2019 Blood was still on the ground just outside the store, and a large concrete piece was overturned on the sidewalk nearby. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Hartford man shot in the leg outside Park Street corner store," 13 Aug. 2019 One of the black males got out of the vehicle, stole a Stihl concrete cutter saw and then left in the vehicle. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 12 Aug. 2019 The contributions this young couple were making to a worthy cause seemed infinitely more important than the risk of being crushed under a slab of concrete. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 Just after midnight on June 3, Amy Hoffmann stood on what had always been a drab concrete pedestrian bridge spanning Interstate 205 in her Lents neighborhood. oregonlive.com, "Art project on I-205 pedestrian bridge caught in bureaucratic limbo is spared ‘restoration’," 10 July 2019 Built by Caltech with funding from the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the facility was originally a two-story concrete lab carved into a granite hillside. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Earthquake lab reimagined as a Mediterranean villa sells for $6.885 million," 3 July 2019

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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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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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