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1) A strong adhesive. Examples are Rubber cement and Cellulose cement.

2) A finely powdered inorganic material that can be mixed with water then dried to form a solid, durable mass. Examples of cement materials are Plaster, Lime, Pozzolan cement and Portland cement.

3) A natural mineral material, usually chemically precipitated, that occurs in the spaces among the individual grains of a consolidated Sedimentary rock, thereby binding the grains together as a rigid mass. Common cements are Silica, carbonates, and iron oxides.

KC Cement Plant, aerial view

Synonyms and Related Terms

ciment (Fr.); caementum (Lat.); cement (Dan., Ned., Pol., Sven.); Zement (Deut.); cemento (Esp.); sement (Nor.); cimento (Port.);

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