from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, or result of cementing.
  • n. A metallurgical coating process in which iron or steel is immersed in a powder of another metal, such as zinc, chromium, or aluminum, and heated to a temperature below the melting point of either.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of cementing
  • n. The impregnation of the surface of a metal with another material; the manufacture of steel by carburizing iron
  • n. The precipitation of mineral matter in the pores of a sediment
  • n. The use of a cement join the parts of a broken bone to aid in the healing process
  • n. The use of a cement or adhesive to fasten orthodontics or to restore chipped or broken teeth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of cementing.
  • n. A process which consists in surrounding a solid body with the powder of other substances, and heating the whole to a degree not sufficient to cause fusion, the physical properties of the body being changed by chemical combination with powder; thus iron becomes steel by cementation with charcoal, and green glass becomes porcelain by cementation with sand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of cementing; the act of uniting by an adhesive substance.
  • n. A metallurgical process in which two substances are heated in contact for the purpose of effecting some important chemical change in one of them.
  • n. In petrography, the cementing of fragments or grains of a porous or incoherent rock by infiltration and deposition of mineral matter from solution. The commonest cementing-materials are carbonates, silica (usually as quartz), and silicates.
  • n. The solid fixation to extraneous objects by the substance of the shell or test, as in the entire class of corals and sporadically in the Brachiopoda, Pelecypoda, Vermes, etc.
  • n. In botany, the growing together of the hyphæ of fungi. Same as concrescence, 4.
  • n. A process in which two solid substances in contact, upon being heated, pass into and penetrate one another without melting.


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