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ceramic

[suh-ram-ik] /səˈræm ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to products made from clay and similar materials, as pottery and brick, or to their manufacture:
ceramic art.
noun
2.
ceramic material.
Origin of ceramic
1840-1850
1840-50; variant of keramic < Greek keramikós, equivalent to kéram(os) potters' clay + -ikos -ic
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ceramic

/sɪˈræmɪk/
noun
1.
a hard brittle material made by firing clay and similar substances
2.
an object made from such a material
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or made from a ceramic: this vase is ceramic
4.
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
adj.

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
ceramic
  (sə-rām'ĭk)   
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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