From Merriam-Webster

Main Entry: 1con·crete
Pronunciation: \(ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt, ˈkän-ˌ, kən-ˈ\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin concretus, from past participle of concrescerev

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 eventsb : specificparticular <a concrete proposal> c : realtangible <concrete evidence>
4 : relating to or made of concrete <a concrete wall>

— con·crete·ly adverb

Main Entry: 2con·crete
Pronunciation: \ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kän-ˈ\
Function: verb

1 a : to form into a solid mass : solidify b : combineblend
2 : to make actual or real : cause to take on the qualities of reality
3 : to cover with, form of, or set in concreteintransitive verb: to become concreted

Main Entry: 3con·crete
Pronunciation: \ˈkän-ˌkrēt, (ˌ)kän-ˈ\
Function: 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

See also:

Concrete poetry

Concrete music/Musique concrète

Reinforced concrete

According to the Simon Rodia official site:

The Watts Towers “contains the longest slender reinforced concrete column in the world”.

Though covered not with concrete, but mortar (there is only so far we can take our analogies) the towers are also spectacularly beautiful.


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