Definitions for: Concrete


[n] a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water
[adj] capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; "concrete objects such as trees"
[adj] formed by the coalescence of particles
[v] form into a solid mass; coalesce
[v] cover with cement; "concrete the walls"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con"crete (? or ?), a. [L. concretus, p. p. of
concrescere to grow together; con- + crescere to grow; cf. F.
concret. See Crescent.]
1. United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate
particles into one mass; united in a solid form.

The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of
the chaos must be of the same figure as the last
liquid state. --Bp. Burnet.

2. (Logic)
(a) Standing for an object as it exists in nature,
invested with all its qualities, as distinguished from
standing for an attribute of an object; -- opposed to
abstract. Hence:
(b) Applied to a specific object; special; particular; --
opposed to general. See Abstract, 3.

Concrete is opposed to abstract. The names of
individuals are concrete, those of classes
abstract. --J. S. Mill.

Concrete terms, while they express the quality,
do also express, or imply, or refer to, some
subject to which it belongs. --I. Watts.

Concrete number, a number associated with, or applied to, a
particular object, as three men, five days, etc., as
distinguished from an abstract number, or one used without
reference to a particular object.

Concrete quantity, a physical object or a collection of
such objects. --Davies & Peck.

Concrete science, a physical science, one having as its
subject of knowledge concrete things instead of abstract
laws.

Concrete sound or movement of the voice, one which slides
continuously up or down, as distinguished from a
discrete movement, in which the voice leaps at once from
one line of pitch to another. --Rush.


Con"crete, n.
1. A compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous
union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in
one body.

To divide all concretes, minerals and others, into
the same number of distinct substances. --Boyle.

2. A mixture of gravel, pebbles, or broken stone with cement
or with tar, etc., used for sidewalks, roadways,
foundations, etc., and esp. for submarine structures.

3. (Logic) A term designating both a quality and the subject
in which it exists; a concrete term.

The concretes ``father'' and ``son'' have, or might
have, the abstracts ``paternity'' and ``filiety''.
--J. S. Mill.

4. (Sugar Making) Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a
solid mass.


Con*crete", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Concreted; p. pr &
vb. n. Concreting.]
To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or
solid body.

Note: Applied to some substances, it is equivalent to
indurate; as, metallic matter concretes into a hard
body; applied to others, it is equivalent to congeal,
thicken, inspissate, coagulate, as in the concretion of
blood. ``The blood of some who died of the plague could
not be made to concrete.'' --Arbuthnot.


Con*crete", v. t.
1. To form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of
separate particles.

There are in our inferior world divers bodies that
are concreted out of others. --Sir M. Hale.

2. To cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement.

Synonyms: factual, objective, real, solid, tangible

Antonyms: abstract

See Also: building material, cement, cover, existent, ferroconcrete, paving material, practical, reinforced concrete, sand, solidify

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