What does the word cement mean?

Usage examples for cement

  1. What do you suppose we've been doing all this cement construction along this gallery for the last couple of shifts? – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. And this regret had, in the end, led him to try and cement that arrangement in the second generation. – The Settling of the Sage by Hal G. Evarts