from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an actual, specific thing or instance; particular: had the concrete evidence needed to convict.
- adj. Existing in reality or in real experience; perceptible by the senses; real: concrete objects such as trees.
- adj. Formed by the coalescence of separate particles or parts into one mass; solid.
- adj. Made of hard, strong, conglomerate construction material.
- n. A hard, strong construction material consisting of sand, conglomerate gravel, pebbles, broken stone, or slag in a mortar or cement matrix.
- n. A mass formed by the coalescence of particles.
- transitive v. To build, treat, or cover with hard, strong conglomerate construction material.
- transitive v. To form into a mass by coalescence or cohesion of particles or parts.
- intransitive v. To harden; solidify.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Particular, perceivable, real.
- adj. Not abstract.
- adj. Made of concrete building material.
- n. A building material created by mixing Portland cement, water, and aggregate including gravel and sand.
- n. A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.
- n. A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.
- v. To cover with or encase in concrete; often constructed as concrete over.
- v. To solidify.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form.
- adj. 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
- adj. Applied to a specific object; special; particular; -- opposed to
general. See Abstract, 3.
- n. A compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body.
- n. 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.
- n. A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term.
- n. Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.
- intransitive v. To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body.
- transitive v. To form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of separate particles.
- transitive v. To cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Formed by coalescence of separate particles or constituents; forming a mass; united in a coagulated, condensed, or solid state.
- In logic, considered as invested with the accidents of matter; particular; individual: opposed to abstract.
- Bunyan is almost the only writer who ever gave to the abstract the interest of the concrete.
- In music, melodically unbroken; without skips or distinct steps in passing from one pitch to another.
- Consisting of concrete: as, a concrete pavement.
- n. A mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body.
- n. In grammar and logic, a concrete noun; a particular, individual term; especially, a class-name or proper name.
- n. A compact mass of sand, gravel, coarse pebbles, or stone chippings cemented together by hydraulic or other mortar, or by asphalt or refuse tar.
- n. Sugar which has been reduced to a solid mass by evaporation in a concretor.
- To unite or coalesce into a mass or solid body; form concretions; coagulate; congeal; clot.
- To form into a mass, as separate particles, by cohesion or coalescence.
- To combine so as to form a concrete notion.
- In botany, growing together.
- To treat or lay with concrete: as, to concrete the foundations of a building; to concrete a cellar floor, or a sidewalk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with cement
- 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
- adj. formed by the coalescence of particles
- v. form into a solid mass; coalesce
Middle English concret, from Latin concrētus, past participle of concrēscere, to grow together, harden : com-, com- + crēscere, to grow; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin concretus, past participle of concrescere (com- + crescere). (Wiktionary)