1. Any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
a. An object, such as earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made of ceramic.
b. ceramics (used with a sing. verb) The art or technique of making objects of ceramic, especially from fired clay.
[From Greek keramikos, of pottery, from keramos, potter's clay; see ker-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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