• WordNet 3.6
    • adj concrete capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary "concrete objects such as trees"
    • adj concrete formed by the coalescence of particles
    • v concrete form into a solid mass; coalesce
    • v concrete cover with cement "concrete the walls"
    • n concrete a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to pave a two lane highway from San Francisco to New York
    • Concrete A compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body. "To divide all concretes , minerals and others, into the same number of distinct substances."
    • Concrete A mixture of gravel, pebbles, or broken stone with cement or with tar, etc., used for sidewalks, roadways, foundations, etc., and esp. for submarine structures.
    • Concrete (Logic) A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term. "The concretes “father” and “son” have, or might have, the abstracts “paternity” and “filiety”."
    • Concrete (Logic) Applied to a specific object; special; particular; -- opposed to general. See Abstract, 3.
    • Concrete (Logic) Standing for an object as it exists in nature, invested with all its qualities, as distinguished from standing for an attribute of an object; -- opposed to abstract.
    • Concrete (Sugar Making) Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.
    • Concrete To cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement.
    • Concrete To form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of separate particles. "There are in our inferior world divers bodies that are concreted out of others."
    • v. i Concrete To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body.☞ Applied to some substances, it is equivalent to indurate; as, metallic matter concretes into a hard body; applied to others, it is equivalent to congeal thicken inspissate coagulate, as in the concretion of blood. “The blood of some who died of the plague could not be made to concrete.” Arbuthnot.
    • Concrete United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form. "The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of the chaos must be of the same figure as the last liquid state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
    • concrete Formed by coalescence of separate particles or constituents; forming a mass; united in a coagulated, condensed, or solid state.
    • concrete In logic, considered as invested with the accidents of matter; particular; individual: opposed to abstract.
    • concrete Bunyan is almost the only writer who ever gave to the abstract the interest of the concrete.
    • concrete In music, melodically unbroken; without skips or distinct steps in passing from one pitch to another.
    • concrete Consisting of concrete: as, a concrete pavement.
    • n concrete A mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body.
    • n concrete In grammar and logic, a concrete noun; a particular, individual term; especially, a class-name or proper name.
    • n concrete A compact mass of sand, gravel, coarse pebbles, or stone chippings cemented together by hydraulic or other mortar, or by asphalt or refuse tar. It is employed extensively in building under water (for example, to form the bottom of a canal or the foundations of any structure raised in the sea, as piers, breakwaters, etc.), and for pavements. The walls of houses are sometimes formed of it, the ingredients being first firmly rammed into molds of the requisite shape, and allowed to set. The finer kind of concrete used for purposes requiring the greatest solidity is known as beton (which see).
    • n concrete Sugar which has been reduced to a solid mass by evaporation in a concretor.
    • concrete To unite or coalesce into a mass or solid body; form concretions; coagulate; congeal; clot.
    • concrete To form into a mass, as separate particles, by cohesion or coalescence.
    • concrete To combine so as to form a concrete notion.
    • concrete In botany, growing together.
    • concrete To treat or lay with concrete: as, to concrete the foundations of a building; to concrete a cellar floor, or a sidewalk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Human thighbones are as strong as concrete.
    • adj Concrete kon′krēt formed into one mass: the opposite of abstract, and denoting a particular thing: made of concrete
    • n Concrete a mass formed by parts growing or sticking together: a mixture of lime, sand, pebbles, &c., used in building
    • v.t Concrete to form into a solid mass
    • v.i Concrete to harden
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.”
  • John Dewey
    “We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.”
  • Bill Cosby
    “The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”
  • Desmond Morris
    Desmond Morris
    “The city is not a concrete jungle. It is a human zoo.”
  • Thomas Troward
    Thomas Troward
    “Desire will in due time externalize itself as concrete fact.”
  • Hannah Arendt
    “Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. concretus, p. p. of concrescere, to grow together; con-, + crescere, to grow; cf. F. concret,. See Crescent


In literature:

Besides his life in the concrete is his life in the abstract.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
An oval door in the plane opened and a man dropped lightly out on the concrete.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The transport ship seemed very large, standing on the concrete apron with its tricycle landing gear let down.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Unquestionably the newspapers had greater influence than in an ordinary time, because the question was a moral one and could be concretely put.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Hence the pair of words illustrate Inclusion by Abstract and Concrete, and is indicated by In.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
These few concrete illustrations show, in general, what is expected.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
The crypt was drained, concreted, and later on glazed.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Wall Street is "hustling" made concrete.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
One of these had been dynamited, because it belonged to a German and was suspected of having a concrete floor for siege guns.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
In striving for clearness and interest a reporter must remember that one of his greatest assets is concreteness of expression.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde

In poetry:

Mine, Rock, thought, and
rock. Concrete the flesh - it lay
within me, turned, cold
in the living sheets.
"The Precision" by Yvor Winters
Rather than bear God's reprimand,
By rearing on a full fat soil
Concrete of sin and sloth;--this land,
You will observe it coil in coil.
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
The acid smoke has soured the fields,
And browned the few and windworn flowers;
But there, where steel and concrete soar
In dizzy, geometric towers —
"On A Ruined Farm Near The 'His Master's Voice Gramophone Factory'" by George Orwell
Forward, without forgetting
Till the concrete question is hurled
When starving or when eating:
Whose tomorrow is tomorrow?
And whose world is the world?
"Solidarity Song" by Bertolt Brecht
When all our roads are lighted
By concrete monsters sited
Like gallows overhead,
Bathed in the yellow vomit
Each monster belches from it,
We'll know that we are dead.
"Inexpensive Progress" by Sir John Betjeman
Sometimes my eye is caught like a big dumb fly
by the masterly spider webs in the corners of my room.
But I really look up
to the seventy-seven-story, reinforced-concrete mountains
my blue-shirted builders create!
"Regarding Art" by Nazim Hikmet

In news:

Electric Daisy Carnival Blog, Day 1: Grooving on concrete, at the Meadowlands.
The nondescript concrete-block building at 1215 Magnolia Ave still smells a little like the doggie day care it was before becoming home to Groundswell Collective in December.
Viper Grout & Concrete Sealer from Hydro-Force utilizes a unique new formula to achieve the benefits of solvent-based grout sealers in a water-based product.
Although he initial purpose of this revision is to develop recommendations for the application of gypsum board over Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls.
New Test Method for Analysis of Water-Soluble Nitrite in Hardened Concrete.
It's essential for contractors cutting and grinding concrete to choose diamond blades and abrasives based on the aggregate hardness of their geographical area.
"At the end of every concrete philosophy stands the public act".
Weird-ass record for weird-ass label fuses juke, techno, musique concrete to dazzling, disorienting effect.
Hawkeye Services Lawncare, Landscaping, & Concrete in Rochester MN.
The die was cast long ago when the Daffin Concrete Mobile revolutionized the concrete producing industry.
This information was confirmed when our organization acquired the building in 1986 from Clark Concrete Co.
The word "dam" is no expletive, not when you're talking about a certain giant concrete structure that's having its diamond anniversary.
A quarter-mile downstream from Hoover Dam , two fingers of concrete stretch toward each other from sheer cliffs, suspended nearly 900 feet above the Colorado River.
More than 300 people had exclusive access to the site during tours for pros during the 2008 World of Concrete.
View full size Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger Christopher Wojcik poses with the 25,000-pound concrete sculpture of a horseshoe crab he has built.

In science:

We will not present the concrete transformations into QBFs expressing these tasks; details are given in (Egly et al.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Consider, for concreteness, the calculation of the dynamic structure factor S αβ (k , ω ) for the Hamiltonian HXXZ .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
But we will try to explain everything in concrete terms for the case W = Sn , in an effort to make the discussion accessible to readers unfamiliar with Coxeter groups.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Concrete Criterion The crucial question is now what concrete G and k give nontrivial bundles πk : (Gk )gen −→ (Gk )gen/Ad.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
For individual generator/grammar pairs, EFSC needs to be concretized.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms