See also: concrétion
- Rhymes: -iːʃən
concretion (plural concretions)
- The process of aggregating or coalescing into a mass.
- A solid, hard mass formed by a process of aggregation or coalescence.
- (petrology) A rounded mass of a mineral, sometimes found in sedimentary rock or on the ocean floor.
1844, Charles Darwin, chapter 5, in Geological Observations on South America:
- Of the three beds, the central one is the most compact, and more like ordinary sandstone: it includes numerous flattened spherical concretions.
- The action of making something concrete or the result of such an action.
1860, Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapter 14, in The Marble Faun:
- "My new statue!" said Kenyon. . . . "It is the concretion of a good deal of thought, emotion, and toil of brain and hand."
The process of aggregating or coalescing into a mass.
petrology: A rounded mass of a mineral
The action of making something concrete or the result of such an action.
- Concretion and concretization are rough synonyms but are usually not used interchangeably. Concretion is more commonly used to refer to a physical object or to the physical process which creates it. Concretization is more commonly used to refer to a particular embodiment of a general concept or to the process which creates it.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.