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ceramics

[suh-ram-iks] /səˈræm ɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the art or technology of making objects of clay and similar materials treated by firing.
2.
(used with a plural verb) articles of earthenware, porcelain, etc.
Origin of ceramics
1855-1860
1855-60; see ceramic, -ics

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
1840-50; variant of keramic < Greek keramikós, equivalent to kéram(os) potters' clay + -ikos -ic
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  • To conclude as to Peru, its ceramics may yet be more fully and systematically studied.

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British Dictionary definitions for ceramics

ceramics

/sɪˈræmɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the art and techniques of producing articles of clay, porcelain, etc
Derived Forms
ceramist (ˈsɛrəmɪst), ceramicist, noun

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 ceramics

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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ceramics 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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