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 (sĕr′ə-mənt, sîr′mənt)
1. Cerecloth.
2. often cerements A burial garment.
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1. (Textiles) another name for cerecloth
2. any burial clothes
[C17: from French cirement, from cirer to wax; see cere2]
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(ˈsɪərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ)

n., pl. -cloths (-ˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs)
cloth treated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead.
[1400–50; earlier cered cloth; see cere2]
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cerement, cerements

the cloth or clothing in which the dead are wrapped for burial or other form of funeral.
See also: Burial, Clothing, Death
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cerement - burial garment in which a corpse is wrappedcerement - burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
burial garment - cloth used to cover a corpse in preparation for burial
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References in classic literature ?
when thy tired limbs were fain to keep The purple cerements of sleep, Thy dim beloved form Passed from the sunshine warm, From the corrupting earth, that sought to hold Its beauty, to the essence of pure gold.
"'T was something like the burst from death to life; From the grave's cerements to the robes of heaven; From sin's dominion, and from passion's strife, To the pure freedom of a soul forgiven; Where all the bonds of death and hell are riven, And mortal puts on immortality, When Mercy's hand hath turned the golden key, And Mercy's voice hath said, Rejoice, thy soul is free."
Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonour to his memory.''
The figure stopped, and at the moment a ray of moonlight fell upon the masses of driving clouds, and showed in startling prominence a dark-haired woman, dressed in the cerements of the grave.
The coffin was forced, the cerements torn, and the melancholy relics, clad in sackcloth, after being rattled for hours on moonless byways, were at length exposed to uttermost indignities before a class of gaping boys.
Look at her garments Clinging like cerements; Whilst the wave constantly Drips from her clothing; Take her up instantly, Loving not loathing.
A stunning display of paratroopers getting off the helicopters in parachutes and landing on their specified destinations in front of the audience was also part of the cerement.
Margaret, her modern doppelganger, instinctively knows that this vestment "is no cerement! It was not meant for the clothing of death!
Figure 1(a)); unlike classic cerement utilized in buildings, it has advantages of quick-drying, high strength, compaction, and cementation which requires a dedicated measurement for studying its unknown [[epsilon].sub.r] and scattering parameters.
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