is a finely-powdered substance which possesses strong adhesive
qualities when combined with water
. Gypsum plaster
, common lime
, hydraulic limes, Puzzolan[?]
, natural and Portland cements
are a few of the materials which are used for cementing purposes, with Portland cement being the most important in construction.
In geology, the term is used to refer to the fine-grained minerals which bind the coarser-grained matrix in sedimentary rocks. Such cements are typically composed of calcite, quartz or clay minerals.
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