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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cement a relationship (=make it firm and strong)
▪ We want to cement relationships with other transport associations.
cement mixer
▪ The deal would consolidate Lafarge's position as the world's leading cement company.
▪ Declines in Bogota were across the board, with key banks and cement companies falling.
▪ My dad was a chemist at a cement company.
▪ Moreover, the technology that is commonly available for large cement factories is inappropriate for most developing countries.
▪ Ash removed from the same smoke goes to a cement factory.
▪ The cement floor was covered by a worn brown linoleum.
▪ Off the room was a bathroom with a bucket, a shower tap and a cement floor.
▪ The wooden door creaks open, scraping on the cement floor.
▪ They only dragged her more roughly, so that her knees scraped along the rough cement floor.
▪ Broken glass lay scattered over the cement floor, along with pieces of brick, broken flowerpots, dead leaves.
▪ Even in the hands of an accomplished player, the accordion sounds like a refrigerator being dragged across a cement floor.
▪ We pick our way across the cement floor and into the battered portacabin.
▪ There were about twenty people waiting in the surgery, sitting on the cement floor.
▪ We have also lost jobs in the cement industry and there are question marks over the Point of Ayr colliery.
▪ There was however a brighter side to the cement industry.
▪ I would strongly commend this idea to the cement industry.
▪ The remaining growth will be in industry - mainly the cement industry.
▪ This has an effect rather like that of a cement mixer.
▪ Mr Blackhurst is the retired chairman of Belle Engineering of Sheen, cement mixer and earth mover manufacturers.
▪ A confusion of lorries and cement mixers defaced the area just past the green.
▪ a cement wall
▪ Literary Arabic has always been the cement of Islam.
▪ Every major site needs a constant supply of this slurry of cement, stones, gravel, and water.
▪ His backup was cement, and he knew exactly what profit margin to expect on it.
▪ His bare feet scraping on the gritty cement pavement made such an unpleasant sound that Fakhru decided not to follow too closely.
▪ I wanted to grab my head and shake the cement out of it.
▪ Or spitting in the dust and rubbing the resultant cement upon blind eyes.
▪ Some researchers are pursuing studies in soil stabilisation using cement, lime and bitumen.
▪ Studies of cement sequences must pay particular attention to veining phases.
▪ Two bags of cement were parked behind the fence, and a stepladder there, leading to the top.
▪ To cement the alliance with Lombardy, Charles married Desiderata, the daughter of Desiderius.
▪ Many are held by firms as reserves against liabilities, or to cement business relationships.
▪ Our telephone conversations cement our client relationships. 6.
▪ This does much to encourage a client to be confident of your ability and to cement relationships.
▪ Some of the graves are cemented over.
▪ Steven's marriage to Lucy Brett cemented important business ties with her family.
▪ Back then many a congressional friendship was cemented by an exchange of votes.
▪ Cusack has an idea that perhaps we can come up with an additional line to cement the scene.
▪ Having a consistent picture and an affirming statement really cements the new behavior in my mind.
▪ I couldn't believe it when I saw it cos we had just cemented the ill-fated Admiral deal.
▪ It took those games to cement his decision on a basketball coach.
▪ Second, he hopes to use blocks of Uralmash shares to cement joint-venture agreements with foreign partners.
▪ The consummate aerospace industry outsider has finally cemented his place in the fraternity.
▪ To cement the alliance with Lombardy, Charles married Desiderata, the daughter of Desiderius.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cement \Ce*ment"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cemented; p. pr. & vb. n. Cementing.] [Cf. F. cimenter. See Cement, n.]

  1. To unite or cause to adhere by means of a cement.
    --Bp. Burnet.

  2. To unite firmly or closely.

  3. To overlay or coat with cement; as, to cement a cellar bottom.


Cement \Ce*ment"\, v. i. To become cemented or firmly united; to cohere.
--S. Sharp.


Cement \Ce*ment"\ (s[e^]*m[e^]nt" or s[e^]m"[e^]nt), n. [OF. cement, ciment, F. ciment, fr. L. caementum a rough, unhewn stone, pieces or chips of marble, from which mortar was made, contr. fr. caedimentum, fr. caedere to cut, prob. akin to scindere to cleave, and to E. shed, v. t.]

  1. Any substance used for making bodies adhere to each other, as mortar, glue, etc.

  2. A kind of calcined limestone, or a calcined mixture of clay and lime, for making mortar which will harden under water.

  3. The powder used in cementation. See Cementation, n., 2.

  4. Bond of union; that which unites firmly, as persons in friendship, or men in society. ``The cement of our love.''

  5. (Anat.) The layer of bone investing the root and neck of a tooth; -- called also cementum.

    Hydraulic cement. See under Hydraulic.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French ciment "cement, mortar, pitch," from Latin cæmenta "stone chips used for making mortar" (singular caementum), from caedere "to cut down, chop, beat, hew, fell, slay" (see -cide). The sense evolution from "small broken stones" to "powdered stones used in construction" took place before the word reached English.


c.1400, from cement (n.) or Old French cimenter. Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cemented; cementing.


n. (label en uncountable) A powdered substance that develops strong adhesive properties when mixed with water. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To affix with cement. 2 (context transitive English) To overlay or coat with cement. 3 (context transitive figurative English) To unite firmly or closely. 4 (context figuratively English) To make permanent.

  1. v. make fast as if with cement; "We cemented our friendship"

  2. cover or coat with cement

  3. bind or join with or as if with cement

  1. n. concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement; "they stood on the gray cement beside the pool"

  2. a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay; used with water and sand or gravel to make concrete and mortar

  3. something that hardens to act as adhesive material

  4. any of various materials used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth

  5. a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth [syn: cementum]

Cement, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 530
Housing Units (2000): 284
Land area (2000): 0.451786 sq. miles (1.170120 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.451786 sq. miles (1.170120 sq. km)
FIPS code: 13000
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 34.935441 N, 98.137320 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73017
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cement, OK

A cement is a binder, a substance used in construction that sets and hardens and can bind other materials together. The most important types of cement are used as a component in the production of mortar in masonry, and of concrete, which is a combination of cement and an aggregate to form a strong building material.

Cements used in construction can be characterized as being either hydraulic or non-hydraulic, depending upon the ability of the cement to set in the presence of water (see hydraulic and non-hydraulic lime plaster).

Non-hydraulic cement will not set in wet conditions or underwater; rather, it sets as it dries and reacts with carbon dioxide in the air. It can be attacked by some aggressive chemicals after setting.

Hydraulic cements (e.g., Portland cement) set and become adhesive due to a chemical reaction between the dry ingredients and water. The chemical reaction results in mineral hydrates that are not very water-soluble and so are quite durable in water and safe from chemical attack. This allows setting in wet condition or underwater and further protects the hardened material from chemical attack. The chemical process for hydraulic cement found by ancient Romans used volcanic ash (activated aluminium silicates) with lime (calcium oxide).

The word "cement" can be traced back to the Roman term opus caementicium, used to describe masonry resembling modern concrete that was made from crushed rock with burnt lime as binder. The volcanic ash and pulverized brick supplements that were added to the burnt lime, to obtain a hydraulic binder, were later referred to as cementum, cimentum, cäment, and cement.

Cement (disambiguation)

Cement is a material for bonding stone or brick.

Cement may also refer to:

  • Portland cement, the most common cement in modern use
  • Adhesive materials may also be called cement
  • Cement (novel), a 1925 Soviet novel by Fyodor Gladkov
  • Cement, Chuck Mosley's post-Faith No More band, and Cement, their debut album
  • Cement (Die Kreuzen album), 1991
  • Cement (film), a 2000 neo-noir film directed by Adrian Pasdar
  • Cement (geology), in geology means the fine-grained minerals which bind the coarser-grained matrix in sedimentary rocks
  • "Cement" (song), a 1997 single by Feeder
  • Cementum, a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth
  • Cement, Oklahoma
Cement (film)

Cement is a 2000 crime drama- thriller film directed by Adrian Pasdar and written by Justin Monjo. The film was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA, and was Pasdar's first film as director.

Cement (Die Kreuzen album)

Cement is the fourth album by Die Kreuzen, released on October 22, 1991 through Touch and Go Records.

Cement (song)

"Cement" was the second single from British rock band Feeder's critically acclaimed 1997 album Polythene. It was their first radio single in the USA during 1998.

Amongst the singles b-sides, are re-recordings of the two tracks from their debut release "Two Colours", while "Rush" was at first a studio demo before the released version is a "live" take, which was recorded in a studio with the crowd effects added afterwards. It was originally recorded for a compilation called Home Truths. This was also their first coloured vinyl release. The song refers to a situation of Grant seeing a girl he has feelings for, but feels she will not be interested.

In addition to reaching #53 on the UK Singles Chart, it also charted at #31 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.

Cement (novel)

Cement (Russian: Цемент) is a Russian novel by Fyodor Gladkov (1883–1958). Published in 1925, the book is arguably the first in Soviet Socialist Realist literature to depict the struggles of post-Revolutionary reconstruction in the Soviet Union.

The protagonist, Gleb Chumalov, is a returning Red Army soldier hero who after the Russian Civil War comes back to a hometown in painful transition and to its cement factory being reorganized for the massive new Soviet effort. His wife, Dasha, plays the role of the Soviet "new woman," and Gleb finds he cannot easily pick up the threads of their old relationship. The novel is Gladkov's best known work because of its portrayal of the sociological effects of early Communism, especially after the sexes are suddenly decreed equal in the labor force of the local cement factory.

Usage examples of "cement".

The middle part of the road was raised into a terrace which commanded the adjacent country, consisted of several strata of sand, gravel, and cement, and was paved with large stones, or, in some places near the capital, with granite.

Out front on the green cement lawn a tiptoed Cupid, wings aflutter, squirted from pouty lips an eternal stream of blue-colored water into a marble pool deep in good-luck coins and casino chips.

Late one night, Aiken and a gang of young confederates stole quantities of cement and conduit and modified the rocks at the rim of the falls.

Nichols - the names written in the wet cement when the pavement was new long ago, the great ailanthus tree in the schoolyard, the weatherbeaten gargoyles over the doorway of the building across the street.

It uses albumin as a cement to build up bone structure and it is concerned with the formation of teeth, hence its value to children.

The authentic city-man, to whom all properly planned Nature is of cement evenly marked out in squares, may for half an hour be able to admire the alienage of a Vermont valley with woods sloping up to a stalwart peak, even though he may not be sure whether the trees are date-palms or monkey-puzzles, and whether the hazy mountain is built of reinforced concrete or merely green-painted brick.

As the glow faded, the stone blocks of bauxite began to fall away, no longer cemented, tumbling down into a pit hidden below the hearth.

And big as these shops were, they were growing bigger, spreading over a third block, where two new structures were mushrooming to completion in some hasty cement process of a stability not over-reassuring.

This final rock had a peculiar characteristic: at the spot we are talking about, north of Centennial, some variation occurred in the cement which bound the granular elements together.

A great deal of embalming unguent had been poured over the swathed cadaver, and this gluey stuff had hardened, turned black, and cemented the cerements to the body.

Archie one afternoon some weeks after the episode of Washy, in his suite at the Hotel Cosmopolis, where he was cementing with cigarettes and pleasant conversation his renewed friendship with Wilson Hymack, whom he had first met in the neighbourhood of Armentieres during the war.

While studies explaining why certain rement investigators violent crimes may aid them in their search, law enfore cement officials must adapt the study findings to suit their own particular needs.

His success cemented his attachment to cryptanalysis, and he followed this demonstration of the low estate of high-level cryptography with a 100-page memorandum on the solution of American diplomatic codes.

The upper ends of the machines received apparently endless supplies of sand and cement from stock piles previously built up and of water pumped up from one of the big desalting units at the edge of the lagoon.

Obermaier was one of those scientists who believed that eoliths were produced by natural forces similar to the forces operating in cement and chalk mills.