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be cast in cement

To be firmly or permanently established; to be unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's cast in cement before we know exactly what it will do.
See also: cast, cement

be set in cement

To be firmly or permanently established; to be unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's set in cement before we know exactly what it will do.
See also: cement, set

set in cement

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's set in cement before we know exactly what it will do.
See also: cement, set

set (something) in cement

To establish something firmly or permanently; to make something unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until Congress sets it in cement before we know exactly what it will do.
See also: cement, set

cement (something) on (something)

To use glue or another strong adhesive substance to fasten two things together. We need to cement this piece back on the vase before mom gets home and discovers it's broken!
See also: cement, on

cement (something) together

To use glue or another strong adhesive substance to fasten two or more things together. We need to cement the handle together before mom gets home and discovers that the vase is broken!
See also: cement, together

cement something on(to) something

 and cement something on
to fasten something onto something with glue or household cement. Cement this handle back onto the cup. Now, cement on the other handle. I will cement it on for you.
See also: cement, on

cement something together

to fasten something together with glue or household cement. Use this stuff to cement the vase together. Will you cement these parts together?
See also: cement, together

in cement

Firmly settled or determined; unalterable. For example, Their policy on taxes was set in cement despite opposition. For a synonym, see cast in stone.
See also: cement

cement city

n. a cemetery. I’m too young to end up in cement city.
See also: cement, city

in cement

Firmly settled or determined; unalterable: The administration's position on taxes was set in cement despite the unfavorable public response.
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References in periodicals archive ?
As the cement sets and hardens, it forms a stable and durable bond with the apatite of the adjacent bone without interpository soft tissue.
The antral defect of the canal wall was repaired with ionomeric cement (Ionocem; Ionos GmbH & Co., KG, Seefeld, Germany).
The patient was explored again, and the ionomeric cement was removed, along with the fascia and middle ear mucosa, and the facial nerve was re-evaluated.
Up to 19% of a cement raw mix may be comprised of silica, which is a chemical component in portland cement, not a filler or an aggregate.
The purity of silica in those sand deposits may be less than that of foundry sand, yet still be sufficient to produce a high-quality cement. The willingness of a cement manufacturer to use recycled materials depends on many factors.
The physical properties of foundry sands become significant when the material handling equipment at a particular cement plant is considered.
While research on construction concrete continues to creep along, scientists in the last few years have gotten unusually fired up over innovative work on specialty cements -- materials too expensive to use in voluminous quantities for everyday building, but whose special properties make them ideal for a host of other applications.
The advantage of ceramics and cements (a class of "chemically bonded ceramicx") is that they keep their shapes at high temperatures.
In addition to cement, the versatile method has already been applied to zeolite compounds, low alloy steel, and aerospace alloys.
Friedman, Self-setting calcium phosphate cements, in Specialty Cements With Advanced Properties, B.
Chow, A new calcium phosphate, water-setting cement, in Cements Research Progress 1986, P.
Spectroscopy for chemical analysis was employed by Helz (13) and Helz and Scribner (14) for determination of sodium, lithium, and potassium in cements. This method allowed simultaneous analysis of eight elements in cement: Na, K, Li, Mn, Ti, Mg, Fe, and Al.
This task group was chaired by Leslie Struble and later Paul Stutzman of the Building Materials Division and sought to develop a standard test method for phase abundance analysis of cements using quantitative x-ray powder diffraction.
Key words: cement hydration; image analysis; microstructure; Plaster of Paris; visualization; x-ray microtomography.
For the experiments at the ESRF, Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) cement 133, issued in June 1999, was used.