concrete

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a hard stone-like substance made by mixing cement, sand, aggregate and water and letting it dry

Aviation

  • noun a substance made of cement, sand and water used in the construction of buildings, roads, etc.

Construction

  • A composite material consisting of sand, coarse aggregate (gravel, stone, or slag), cement, and water. When mixed and allowed to harden, it forms a stone-like material.

Military

  • noun a building material composed of cement, gravel, sand and water

Real Estate

  • noun a mixture of cement, sand, aggregate and water in specific proportions that hardens to a strong stony consistency over varying lengths of time

Origin & History of “concrete”

In origin, something concrete is something that has ‘grown together’. The word comes, via Old French concret, from Latin concrētus, the past participle of concrēscere ‘grow together’, hence ‘harden’. this was a compound verb formed from the prefix com- ‘together’ and crēscere ‘grow’ (source also of English crescent, increase, and accrue). Its original application in English was fairly general – referring to that which is solid or material; its use for the building material did not emerge until the early 19th century.
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