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[suh-ram-ik] /səˈræm ɪk/
of or relating to products made from clay and similar materials, as pottery and brick, or to their manufacture:
ceramic art.
ceramic material.
1840-50; variant of keramic < Greek keramikós, equivalent to kéram(os) potters' clay + -ikos -ic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ceramic
  • 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.
  • The corrosion resistant cladding will melt long before the uranium dioxide ceramic pellets.
  • To make a transducer by painstakingly micro-machining a brittle block of ceramic material can take many hours of work, though.
  • The individual attempted to conceal pepper spray and a knife inside a ceramic container placed in her carry-on bag.
  • Two multicolored ceramic plates, an alabaster vase with a hole in the base, and a stone knife also accompanied the body.
  • The roof is an ocean swell thickly rippled with ceramic tiles that undulate in colors as well as curves.
  • It's a limited edition of fifteen, hand-crafted in acoustic ceramic and each with a different glaze.
British Dictionary definitions for ceramic


a hard brittle material made by firing clay and similar substances
an object made from such a material
of, relating to, or made from a ceramic: this vase is ceramic
of or relating to ceramics: ceramic arts and crafts
Word Origin
C19: from Greek keramikos, from keramos potter's clay, pottery
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Word Origin and History for ceramic

1850, keramic, from Greek keramikos, from keramos "potter's clay, pottery, tiles," perhaps from a pre-Hellenic word. Watkins suggests possible connection with Latin cremare "to burn," but Klein's sources are firmly against this. Spelling influenced by French céramique (1806). Related: ceramist (1855). Ceramics is attested from 1857.

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ceramic in Science
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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