Roman cement

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roman cement a cement having the property of hardening under water; a species of hydraulic cement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roman cement a cement which hardens under water
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. RomanusRoma, Rome.

Usage

In literature:

Cement was lacking, of course, but, as in the case of certain Roman walls, without interfering with its rigid architecture.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
When common lime answers our purpose, we do not trouble about Roman cement.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
The employment of Roman cement, plaster, &c., for masonry work, hardly comes within the limits of Domestic Manipulation.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
The front in Bell-yard extends nearly eighty feet, and will be finished with Roman cement, in imitation of stone.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
Roman cement and hydraulic lime.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
Roman cement mortar should consist of one or one and a half parts of cement to one part of sand.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Volcanic ashes, largely used as mortar for buildings, similar in nature to what is called in this country Roman cement.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
This work was executed, as also the canopy of the new stalls, in Roman cement.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lichfield" by A. B. Clifton
From Greek and Roman times down to long after Agricola, brass was made by cementing zinc ore with copper.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
The London Clay is much used for bricks, coarse pottery and Roman cement.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
It was set in Roman cement, and was completely water-tight.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel
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