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CTIOA GLOSSARY

Here you will find the definitions to technical terms that relate to the tile industry. Please use the alphabet buttons below to jump down through the term list, or enter a keyword into the "Search" box to find terms and/or definitions containing your search string.  printable MS/WORD format      printable PDF format
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  Abrams law
     A rule stating that with given concrete materials and conditions of te more...

  Abrasion
     Wearing away by friction.

  Abrasion resistance
     Ability of a surface to resist being worn away by rubbing and friction more...

  Absorbed moisture
     Moisture that has entered a solid material by absorption and has physi more...

  Absorption
     The relationship of the weight of the water absorbed by a ceramic spec more...

  Accelerator
     A substance which, when added to concrete, mortar, or grout, increases more...

  Accelerators
     Materials used to speed up the setting of mortar.

  Accessories (Tile Accessories)
     Ceramic or non-ceramic articles, affixed to or inserted in tile work, more...

  Acid
     A chemical substance usually corrosive to common metals (iron, ,alumin more...

  Acid and alkali-resistant grout
     A grout that resists -/Acidity. effect of prolonged contact with acids more...

  Acidity
     A general term applying to substances on the acid side of neutral - pr more...

  Acrylic plastics
     Plastics based on resins made by the polymerization of acrylic monomer more...

  Additive
     A term frequently (but improperly) used as a synonym for addition or a more...

  Adhesion
     The state in which two surfaces are held together by interfacial force more...

  Adhesion mechanical
     Adhesion between surfaces in which the adhesive holds the parts togeth more...

  ADhesion, specific
     Adhesion between surfaces which are held together by valence forces of more...

  Adhesive
     A substance capable of holding materials together by surface attachmen more...

  Adhesive ceramic
     Used for bonding tile to a surface. Rubber solvents; and rubber and re more...

  Adhesive tile
     Organic adhesive used for bonding tile to a surface. Rubber solvents a more...

  Adhesive, pressure-sensitive
     An adhesive made so as to adhere to a surface at room temperature by b more...

  Adhesive, solvent
     An adhesive having a volatile organic liquid as a vehicle. Note: This more...

  Admixture
     A material other than water, aggregates, and hydraulic cement, used as more...

  Adobe
     Unburnt brick dried in the sun.

  Aggregate
     Granular material, such as sand, gravel, crushed stone, and iron blast more...

  Aggregate,heavyweight
     Aggregate, of high specific gravity such as barite, magnetite, limonit more...

  Air, entrained
     See Entrained air.

  Air-entraining
     The capability of a material or process to develop a system of minute more...

  Air-entrainment
     The occlusion of air in the form of minute bubbles (generally smaller more...

  Air-slack
     A condition where soft-body clay, after absorbing moisture and being e more...

  Alkali
     A chemical substance which effectively neutralizes acid material so as more...

  Alumina porcelain
     A vitreous ceramic whiteware for technical application in which alumin more...

  Alumina whiteware
     Any ceramic whiteware in which alumina (A1203) is the essential crysta more...

  Andalusite
     A polymorph, along with sellimanite and kyanite, of composition A1203 more...

  Anglar
     Masonry composed of squared stones; one patem of masonry construction. more...

  Angle curing
     Steam curing of concrete products, sand-lime brick, asbestos-cement pr more...

  Angle divider
     The angle divider is used by the tilesetter to determine the degree of more...

  Autoclave
     A pressure vessel in which an environment of steam at high pressure ma more...