Definitions for Plasticˈplæs tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

plas•ticˈplæs tɪk(n.)

  1. any of a group of synthetic or natural organic materials that may be shaped when soft and then hardened, including many types of resins, resinoids, polymers, cellulose derivatives, casein materials, and proteins.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a credit card, or credit cards collectively.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. credit represented by the use of credit cards.

  4. an object or objects made of plastic.

  5. (adj.)made of plastic.

    Category: Chemistry

  6. capable of being molded.

  7. produced by molding.

  8. having the power to mold or shape material:

    the plastic forces of nature.

  9. concerned with or pertaining to molding or modeling; sculptural.

    Category: Fine Arts

  10. pliable; impressionable:

    the plastic mind of youth.

  11. artificial or synthetic.

  12. insincere; phony:

    a plastic smile.

  13. pertaining to the use of credit cards:

    plastic credit.

  14. Mech. able to deform continuously and permanently without rupturing.

    Category: Mechanics, Physics

  15. Biol.

    Category: Biology, Pathology

    Ref: formative (def. 3). 3

  16. of or pertaining to plastic surgery.

    Category: Surgery

Origin of plastic:

1625–35; < L plasticus that may be molded < Gk plastikós. See -plast , -ic

plas′ti•cal•ly(adv.)

plas′tic•ly(adv.)

-plastic

  1. a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -plasia , -plast , or -plasty :

    anaplastic; chloroplastic; heteroplastic.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -plastic:

see plastic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plastic(noun)

    generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives

  2. credit card, charge card, charge plate, plastic(adj)

    a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered

    "do you take plastic?"

  3. fictile, moldable, plastic(adj)

    capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)

    "plastic substances such as wax or clay"

  4. plastic, pliant(adj)

    capable of being influenced or formed

    "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature"

  5. formative, shaping, plastic(adj)

    forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

    "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. plastic(noun)ˈplæs tɪk

    a substance that can be formed into almost any shape, used to make many common objects

    toys/containers/bags/bottles made of plastic; types of plastics

  2. plastic(adjective)ˈplæs tɪk

    made of plastic

    plastic bottles/bags/toys etc.

Wiktionary

  1. plastic(Noun)

    A sculptor, moulder.

  2. plastic(Noun)

    Any solid but malleable substance.

  3. plastic(Noun)

    A synthetic, thermoplastic, solid, hydrocarbon-based polymer.

  4. plastic(Noun)

    Any similar synthetic material, not necessarily thermoplastic.

  5. plastic(Noun)

    credit or debit cards used in place of cash to buy goods and services.

  6. plastic(Noun)

    Fakeness, or a person who is fake or arrogant, or believes that they are better than the rest of the population.

  7. plastic(Adjective)

    Capable of being moulded; malleable, flexible, pliant.

  8. plastic(Adjective)

    Producing tissue.

  9. plastic(Adjective)

    Creative, formative.

  10. plastic(Adjective)

    Capable of adapting to varying conditions; characterized by environmental adaptability.

  11. plastic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the inelastic, non-brittle, deformation of a material.

  12. plastic(Adjective)

    Made of plastic.

  13. plastic(Adjective)

    Inferior or not the real thing; ersatz.

  14. plastic(Adjective)

    Fake, snobbish. Usually refers to a person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plastic(adj)

    having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator

  2. Plastic(adj)

    capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; -- used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child

  3. Plastic(adj)

    pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of, molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if produced by, molding or modeling; -- said of sculpture and the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the graphic arts

  4. plastic(noun)

    a substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties of plastic are used to produce articles of commerce (after 1900). [MW10 gives origin of word as 1905]

Freebase

  1. Plastic

    A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are partially natural.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Plastic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2622

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Plastic' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2086

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Plastic' in Nouns Frequency: #1013


Translations for Plastic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

plastic(adjective)

(of) any of many chemically manufactured substances that can be moulded when still soft

This cup is made of plastic; a plastic cup.

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