|1.||a hard brittle material made by firing clay and similar substances|
|2.||an object made from such a material|
|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]|
|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.