Definition of ceramic in English:

ceramic

adjective

  • 1Made of clay and permanently hardened by heat:

    ‘a ceramic bowl’
    • ‘My companions tried Baked Bacon, and Baked Cheese, dishes that also weighed in at 450g and were served sizzling hot in ceramic bowls.’
    • ‘Clay or ceramic pots are the best choice for cacti.’
    • ‘In 2001, Kallmeyer and another engineer, Rich McCray, began working on a specialized case to hold a ceramic heat exchanger.’
    • ‘To make the cologne, first add two cups of tightly packed lemon balm leaves to a ceramic bowl, pour in 600 ml boiling water, cover and allow to steep overnight.’
    • ‘A nest box with heat lamp or ceramic heater should always be provided if birds are left outside at night or on rainy days.’
    • ‘I liked the negative space in the birdbath, and had been using it to drape clay slabs for large ceramic plates in my personal work.’
    • ‘We decided on a blueprint, which included a March date for a banquet where we would sell ceramic bowls, made by students, filled with soup, also made by students.’
    • ‘By heating with glass or ceramic containers, you achieve the same result without the dioxin contamination.’
    • ‘Place mush (which may now be brown) into a cool ceramic bowl.’
    • ‘The inspiration for this clay project came from ceramic dishes that I purchased on a family trip to Greece.’
    • ‘You could also use smaller glazed ceramic bowls from the nursery as coolers.’
    • ‘We've translated this ancient ceramic art to polymer clay to produce pieces that are individually unique in design and colors.’
    • ‘To make a herb bag, mix together, in a ceramic bowl, four tablespoons of dried lavender, half a teaspoon of orrisroot powder and three drops of lavender essential oil.’
    • ‘At night, they turned their talents to making pots and ceramic sculpture from Blossburg clay.’
    • ‘At the age of 13 he began contributing to the family income by taking jobs calling for artistic talent, such as decorating ceramic cups, bowls and vases.’
    • ‘It arrived in a small ceramic pot heated by a candle, along with a variety of fruit, including banana, strawberry and pineapple.’
    • ‘To make your mouth wash, place one handful of fresh rosemary leaves, one peppermint tea bag, and 10 cloves in a ceramic bowl, then pour two cups of boiling water over them.’
    • ‘A ceramic bowl spills over with a hearty stew of calamari, shrimp, flanks of fish, mussels and scallops in a mild and vaguely sweet tomato-fennel sauce.’
    • ‘Remove from heat, pour into a ceramic bowl, add fifteen drops each of the lavender and sandalwood essential oil and beat until cool and creamy.’
    • ‘Then, he scooped some of the stew into a ceramic bowl.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to ceramic articles:
      ‘a ceramic designer’
      • ‘He studied medical design and later ceramic design at the University of Practical Art in Vienna.’
      • ‘Most recently she has begun to introduce glass into her ceramic designs, to stunning effect.’
      • ‘A blue logo, bearing the label Government of Iraq, stands beneath a photo of three little ceramic designs.’
      • ‘Display pieces can bring a sense of drama to the table, and Dublin-based ceramic artist and designer Michele Hannan's creations are both decorative and functional.’
      • ‘Emphasis was also placed upon developing an understanding and appreciation of the work of past and contemporary designs in the ceramic field.’

noun

ceramics
  • 1Pots and other articles made from clay hardened by heat:

    ‘many of the painted ceramics are of native manufacture’
    • ‘Included in the show are carpets, ceramics, lacquerware, metal works and book arts.’
    • ‘The Nicaraguan tradition of producing utilitarian and decorative ceramics and earthenware continues.’
    • ‘Franklin's recognition of ceramics and silver as potent symbols of worldly success rang true.’
    • ‘There has never been a better time to invest in certain types of furniture, silver, clocks, ceramics and glass.’
    • ‘The production of ceramics is located in areas where clay with a high percentage of kaolin is available.’
    • ‘Her ceramics were made with clay that was baked in a kiln to make it permanent.’
    • ‘For us to make good ceramics we need to heat them and use a lot of fuel.’
    • ‘He also made other types of ceramics, among them copies of Dutch Delft and Raku wares.’
    • ‘Tucked away throughout the city, tiny workshops turn out delicate ceramics, lacquer ware and exquisite folding fans.’
    • ‘The arched cupboards flanking the fireplace held the silver and best ceramics and glass in the house.’
    • ‘The Hopis were producers as well, manufacturing large quantities of cotton cloth and ceramics for the trade.’
    • ‘The ceramics of Josiah Wedgwood and Josiah Spode also date back to that time.’
    • ‘Thousands of artworks, ranging from painting to glassware, ceramics and sculpture, are up for grabs.’
    • ‘Waterford Wedgwood is expected to invest in troubled British ceramics maker Royal Doulton to prevent the dilution of its stake.’
    • ‘The only way we know how to make ceramics is high temperature kilns.’
    • ‘The exhibition should appeal to anyone with an interest in art or garden design, and you don't have to be the Lord of the Manor to display ceramics or stoneware.’
    • ‘It was part of an enormous collection of metalwork, glass, ceramics and miniatures belonging to Ralph Bernal, a lawyer and MP.’
    • ‘May I add a note to Kenneth E. Silver's sterling article on Picasso's ceramics?’
    • ‘You may also make money collecting antique ceramics and glassware.’
    • ‘Apart from chests and jugs, investors also love to collect clocks, silverware and ceramics.’
    pottery, pots, china, terracotta
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    1. 1.1[usually treated as singular] The art of making ceramic articles.
      • ‘In Rhode Island, I taught a ceramics course for master's degree candidates.’
      • ‘The role of Pablo Picasso in the world of ceramics has recently been the subject of scholarly inquiry and of exhibitions.’
      • ‘At York City Art Gallery you can find out all about the science of pottery and ceramics or learn how the development of pigments changed the history of art.’
      • ‘Faenza is a city that has always been involved in ceramics and is famous for its pottery.’
      • ‘Yet despite his great affinity with the art of ceramics, pottery wasn't Tony's first career choice.’
      • ‘In her spare time she has taken up crochet and ceramics, while finalising plans for her latest business ventures and the return of St Martha.’
      • ‘I also love ceramics; shaping the clay and painting the finished product are very enjoyable.’
      • ‘With ceramics, the purely decorative is its default position.’
      • ‘The Institute is also planning to add new courses like photography, sculpture, pottery, glass ware and ceramics soon.’
      • ‘This usually means I take a nap and do my homework at school in one of the many classes we don't do much in, like ceramics or French, since our French teacher has been out so long.’
      • ‘I feared her cunning, her strength, the way she could manipulate me like clay in ceramics class.’
      • ‘The craft of ceramics has been cosying up to the art world for a long time.’
    2. 1.2ceramic[mass noun] The material from which ceramics are made:
      ‘tableware in ceramic’
      • ‘The bottle can be made of clay or ceramics and hardened in an oven.’
      • ‘Well, we're probably all used to the use of ceramics in white wares and are very familiar with those.’
      • ‘The clay is the material that gives ceramics the ability to be molded and worked into various shapes and forms.’
      • ‘They come in a variety of materials: ceramics, brass, bone china and cut glass.’
      • ‘If you are still using soft ceramics to produce shapeless clay jars or bowls, you are lagging behind the city's latest trend.’
    3. 1.3ceramic[mass noun] Any non-metallic solid which remains hard when heated.
      • ‘The Keronite layer is a complex oxide ceramic consisting of hard crystalline phases dislocated in a matrix of softer phases of oxide.’
      • ‘Both Altham and Shatrov argue that the Keronite process is superior to hard anodizing and plasma spray ceramics.’
      • ‘Such nanocrystalline ceramics are particularly hard, but they're brittle and fracture easily.’
      • ‘Among the materials now under study are titanium- or nickel-based alloys and silicon carbide ceramic reinforced with carbon fibers.’
      • ‘In alumina ceramics, what is the function of the ceramic component?’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek keramikos, from keramos pottery.

Pronunciation:

ceramic

/sɪˈramɪk/