ceramic

[suh-ram-ik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to products made from clay and similar materials, as pottery and brick, or to their manufacture: ceramic art.
noun
2.
ceramic material.

Origin:
1840–50; variant of keramic < Greek keramikós, equivalent to kéram(os) potters' clay + -ikos -ic

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ceramic (sɪˈræmɪk)
 
n
1.  a hard brittle material made by firing clay and similar substances
2.  an object made from such a material
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or made from a ceramic: this vase is ceramic
4.  of or relating to ceramics: ceramic arts and crafts
 
[C19: from Greek keramikos, from keramos potter's clay, pottery]

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ceramic
1850, from Gk. keramikos, from keramos "potter's clay, pottery."
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ceramic   (sə-rām'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various hard, brittle, heat- and corrosion-resistant materials made typically of metallic elements combined with oxygen or with carbon, nitrogen, or sulfur. Most ceramics are crystalline and are poor conductors of electricity, though some recently discovered copper-oxide ceramics are superconductors at low temperatures.
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Ceramic materials could perhaps withstand such heat, he went on, but they
  haven't yet been developed and tested.
Fuel rods in nuclear reactor cores are filled with uranium oxide ceramic
  pellets in zirconium cladding.
Many vest designs incorporate a solid plate over the heart which on my earlier
  vests was steel, but soon will be a ceramic.
Pretending to hold a ceramic mug can help the barista understand exactly which
  mug you want.
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