from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
- n. An object, such as earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made of ceramic.
- n. The art or technique of making objects of ceramic, especially from fired clay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. made of material produced by the high temperature firing of inorganic, nonmetallic rocks and minerals.
- n. A hard brittle material that is produced through burning of nonmetallic minerals at high temperatures
- n. An object made of this material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to pottery; relating to the art of making earthenware.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or belonging to pottery or to the fictile arts; pertaining to the manufacture of porcelain, stoneware, earthenware, and terra-cotta: as, ceramic decoration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures
- adj. of or relating to or made from a ceramic
From Greek keramikos, of pottery, from keramos, potter's clay; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κεραμικός (keramikos, "potter's"), from κέραμος (keramos, "potter's clay"), perhaps from a pre-Hellenic word. (Wiktionary)