[kon-kreet, kong-, kon-kreet, kong- for 1–10, 13–15; kon-kreet, kong- for 11, 12] /ˈkɒn krit, ˈkɒŋ-, kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ- for 1–10, 13–15; kɒnˈkrit, kɒŋ- for 11, 12/
constituting an actual thing or instance; real:
a concrete proof of his sincerity.
pertaining to or concerned with realities or actual instances rather than abstractions; particular (opposed to ):
representing or applied to an actual substance or thing, as opposed to an abstract quality:
The words “cat,” “water,” and “teacher” are concrete, whereas the words “truth,” “excellence,” and “adulthood” are abstract.
made of concrete:
a concrete pavement.
formed by coalescence of separate particles into a mass; united in a coagulated, condensed, or solid mass or state.
an artificial, stonelike material used for various structural purposes, made by mixing cement and various aggregates, as sand, pebbles, gravel, or shale, with water and allowing the mixture to harden.
any of various other artificial building or paving materials, as those containing tar.
a concrete idea or term; a word or notion having an actual or existent thing or instance as its referent.
a mass formed by coalescence or of particles of matter.
verb (used with object), concreted, concreting.
to treat or lay with concrete:
to concrete a sidewalk.
to form into a mass by coalescence of particles; render solid.
to make real, tangible, or particular.
verb (used without object), concreted, concreting.
to coalesce into a mass; become solid; harden.
to use or apply concrete.
set / cast in concrete, to put (something) in final form; finalize so as to prevent change or reversal:
The basic agreement sets in concrete certain policies.
(physics) a rigid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles
relating to a particular instance or object; specific as opposed to general: a concrete example
formed by the coalescence of particles; condensed; solid
(transitive) to construct in or cover with concrete
(kənˈkriːt). to become or cause to become solid; coalesce
late 14c., “actual, solid,” from Latin concretus “condensed, hardened, thick, hard, stiff, curdled, congealed, clotted,” figuratively “thick; dim,” literally “grown together;” past participle of concrescere “to grow together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + crescere “to grow” (see crescent). A logicians’ term until meaning began to expand 1600s. Noun sense of “building material made from cement, etc.” is first recorded 1834.
concrete con·crete (kŏn-krēt’, kŏn’krēt’)
noun, Grammar. 1. a noun denoting something material and nonabstract, as chair, house, or automobile. noun 1. a noun that refers to a material object, as for example horse Compare abstract noun
noun, Arithmetic. 1. a number that relates to a particular object or thing. noun 1. a number referring to a particular object or objects, as in three dogs, ten men
- Concrete poem
noun a poem whose meaning is conveyed through its graphic shape or pattern on the printed page; also called shaped verse See shape poem
noun 1. a writer of concrete poetry.