I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin concretus, from past participle of concrescere Date: 14th century 1. naming a real thing or class of things <
the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract
2. formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass 3. a. characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events b. specific, particular <
a concrete proposal
c. real, tangible <
concrete evidence
4. relating to or made of concrete <
a concrete wall
concretely adverbconcreteness noun II. verb (concreted; concreting) Date: 1590 transitive verb 1. a. to form into a solid mass ; solidify b. combine, blend 2. to make actual or real ; cause to take on the qualities of reality 3. to cover with, form of, or set in concrete intransitive verb to become concreted III. noun Date: 1656 1. a mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body 2. a hard strong building material made by mixing a cementing material (as portland cement) and a mineral aggregate (as sand and gravel) with sufficient water to cause the cement to set and bind the entire mass 3. a waxy essence of flowers prepared by extraction and evaporation and used in perfumery

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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