Definition of


  1. (noun, body) a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth
  2. (noun, substance) something that hardens to act as adhesive material
  3. (noun, substance) a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay; used with water and sand or gravel to make concrete and mortar
  4. (noun, substance) concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement
  5. (noun, substance) any of various materials used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth
  6. (verb, contact) make fast as if with cement
  7. (verb, contact) bind or join with or as if with cement
  8. (verb, contact) cover or coat with cement

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Synonyms of Cement


Origin of the word Cement

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. ciment, from L. c?menta "stone chips used for making mortar," from c?dere "to cut down, chop, beat, hew, fell, slay" from PIE base *(s)k(h)a- "to strike" (cf. Skt. skhidati "beats, tears," Lith. kaisti "shave," Ger. heien "beat"). The sense evolution from "small broken stones" to "powdered stones used in constr… more

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