American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of concreting into a mass; coalescence.
- n. The state of having been concreted: a concretion of seminal ideas in her treatise.
- n. A solid hard mass.
- n. Geology A rounded mass of mineral matter found in sedimentary rock.
- n. Pathology A solid mass, usually composed of inorganic material, formed in a cavity or tissue of the body; a calculus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of growing together or becoming united in one mass; concrescence; coalescence.
- n. A mass of solid matter formed by a growing together, or by congelation, condensation, coagulation, conglomeration, or induration; a clot; a lump; a nodule: as, “concretions of slime,”
- n. Specifically In geology, an aggregation of mineral matter, usually calcareous or silicious, in concentric layers, so arranged as to give rise to a form approaching the spherical, but often much flattened. This often takes place about some organic nucleus, the decomposition of which seems in such cases to be the cause of the structure. Concretions are common in sandstones, shales, and clays.
- n. In logic: The state of being concrete; concreteness.
- n. The act of determination, or of rendering a concept more concrete or determinate by adding to the marks it contains.
- n. In old chem., reduction of a liquid to a solid, commonly by partial evaporation.
- n. The process of aggregating or coalescing into a mass.
- n. A solid, hard mass formed by a process of aggregation or coalescence.
- n. geology A rounded mass of a mineral, sometimes found in sedimentary rock or on the ocean floor.
- n. The action of making something concrete or the result of such an action.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The process of concreting; the process of uniting or of becoming united, as particles of matter into a mass; solidification.
- n. A mass or nodule of solid matter formed by growing together, by congelation, condensation, coagulation, induration, etc.; a clot; a lump; a calculus.
- n. (Geol.) A rounded mass or nodule produced by an aggregation of the material around a center.
- n. an increase in the density of something
- n. the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys)
- n. the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
- n. a hard lump produced by the concretion of mineral salts; found in hollow organs or ducts of the body
- From Latin concretio. (Wiktionary)
“Coquina, of which the fort is built, is a kind of concretion of shell-fragments, often very beautiful.”
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“Draw it off by piercing the lower part of the cask, and let it run till the concretion which is formed at the top, and is termed "mother of vinegar," begins to appear.”
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“Most likely the structure is a sandy "concretion" that formed after the critter died, says the study.”
“The generation of deep import, of a notion and an affective response, does involve a concretion of all that surface import into a coherent unity.”
“It was covered with concretion — a mixture of shells, sand and other debris attracted by the leaching wrought iron — and a few sea squirts.”
“In a Hydropicall body ten years buried in a Church-yard, we met with a fat concretion, where the nitre of the Earth, and the salt and lixivious liquor of the body, had coagulated large lumps of fat, into the consistence of the hardest castle-soap: wherof part remaineth with us.”
“In place of resolution as the establishment of a new equilibrium we are asked to accept resolution simply as the concretion of the narrative itself, the establishment of a state of (eternal) conflict.”
“As in the cyclic narrative, in this narrative we might well call cubist resolution lies in the concretion of the narrative itself as an abstract and formal pattern, a dynamic balance of conflicts.”
“Note that the magic of Bester's jaunting is associated with the Promethean fire of PyrE, an enervated and explosive substance triggered by thought (i.e. magic), a blatant concretion of the metaphor of semiosis-as-power. posted by Hal Duncan | 4: 18 PM”
“And this one is not a concretion, but I threw it in to see if anyone is paying attention.”
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