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[si-ment] /sɪˈmɛnt/
any of various calcined mixtures of clay and limestone, usually mixed with water and sand, gravel, etc., to form concrete, that are used as a building material.
any of various soft, sticky substances that dry hard or stonelike, used especially for mending broken objects or for making things adhere.
Petrography. the compact groundmass surrounding and binding together the fragments of clastic rocks.
anything that binds or unites:
Time is the cement of friendship.
  1. a hardening, adhesive, plastic substance, used in the repair of teeth for anchoring fillings or inlays, for filling, or for fastening crowns.
  2. Informal. cementum.
verb (used with object)
to unite by or as if by cement:
to cement stones to form a wall; to cement a relationship.
to coat or cover with cement:
to cement a floor.
verb (used without object)
to become cemented; join together or unite; cohere.
1250-1300; < Latin cēmentum, variant of caementum (singular of caementa unprocessed cuttings from the quarry, i.e., rough stone and chips) < *caed-mentom, equivalent to caed(ere) to cut + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English cyment < Old French ciment < Latin, as above
Related forms
cementable, adjective
cementer, noun
cementless, adjective
recement, verb
well-cemented, adjective
Can be confused
cement, concrete, mortar.
6. merge, join, bind, fuse, secure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cemented
  • It should have no cemented rubber seams to open up in the warm, moist climate.
  • As an oil well is drilled casings are cemented in place at different depths to reinforce the borehole.
  • These deals cemented his reputation for being part of the solution, not the problem.
  • If the bid flops, he will have cemented his reputation as a failed dealmaker.
  • Corruption cemented local baronies and for a good while won votes.
  • It was followed by several more cases that cemented our companies having rights.
  • Behavior has cemented in that you rent in one area and own several properties in a cheaper area.
  • Soon afterward, a new lotus-shaped shrine was built with the herders' guns cemented inside.
  • The rotors are connected to a crossbar on a large steel beam that is held in place by four legs cemented into the seabed.
  • The link between sports and war was also cemented by the rise of sports journalism, which often tended to confuse the two.
British Dictionary definitions for cemented


a fine grey powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay, used with water and sand to make mortar, or with water, sand, and aggregate, to make concrete
a binder, glue, or adhesive
something that unites or joins; bond
(dentistry) any of various materials used in filling teeth
mineral matter, such as silica and calcite, that binds together particles of rock, bones, etc, to form a solid mass of sedimentary rock
another word for cementum
verb (transitive)
to reinforce or consolidate: once a friendship is cemented it will last for life
to join, bind, or glue together with or as if with cement
to coat or cover with cement
Derived Forms
cementer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ciment, from Latin caementum stone from the quarry, from caedere to hew
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Word Origin and History for cemented



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.

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cemented in Medicine

cement ce·ment (sĭ-měnt')

  1. A substance used for filling dental cavities or anchoring crowns, inlays, or other restorations.

  2. See cementum.

  3. A substance that hardens to act as an adhesive; glue.

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