They were the pulsating hub that all other industries—steel, oil, cement contractors—served.
The Muslim Brotherhood has always played the long game in its bid to cement its political power in Egypt.
And behind the scenes, it seemed, there was almost nothing he would not do to cement the Riyadh-Washington axis.
c.1300, from Old French ciment "cement, mortar, pitch," from Latin cæmenta "stone chips used for making mortar" (singular caementum), from caedere "to cut down, chop, beat, hew, fell, slay" (see -cide). The sense evolution from "small broken stones" to "powdered stones used in construction" took place before the word reached English.
c.1400, from cement (n.) or Old French cimenter. Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cemented; cementing.
cement ce·ment (sĭ-měnt')
A substance used for filling dental cavities or anchoring crowns, inlays, or other restorations.
A substance that hardens to act as an adhesive; glue.