What does plaster mean?

Definitions for plaster
ˈplæs tər, ˈplɑ stərplas·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plasternoun

    a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings

  2. plaster of Paris, plasternoun

    any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs

  3. poultice, cataplasm, plasternoun

    a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.

  4. plaster, plasterworknoun

    a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)

    "there were cracks in the plaster"

  5. plaster, adhesive plaster, sticking plasterverb

    adhesive tape used in dressing wounds

  6. plaster, plaster over, stick onverb

    apply a heavy coat to

  7. plaster, beplasterverb

    cover conspicuously or thickly, as by pasting something on

    "The demonstrators plastered the hallways with posters"; "She let the walls of the apartment be beplastered with stucco"

  8. plasterverb

    affix conspicuously

    "She plastered warnings all over the wall"

  9. plasterverb

    apply a plaster cast to

    "plaster the broken arm"

  10. plaster, daubverb

    coat with plaster

    "daub the wall"

  11. poultice, plasterverb

    dress by covering with a therapeutic substance


  1. plasternoun

    A paste applied to the skin for healing or cosmetic purposes.

  2. plasternoun

    A small adhesive bandage to cover a minor wound; a sticking plaster.

  3. plasternoun

    A mixture of lime or gypsum, sand, and water, sometimes with the addition of fibres, that hardens to a smooth solid and is used for coating walls and ceilings.

  4. plasternoun

    A cast made of plaster of Paris and gauze; plaster cast.

  5. plasterverb

    To cover or coat something with plaster, or apply a plaster.

    Her face was plastered in mud.

  6. plasterverb

    To hide or cover up, as if with plaster.

    The radio station plastered the buses and trains with its advertisement.

  7. Etymology: plaster, from late plastrum; later reinforced by plaistre.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PLASTERnoun

    Etymology: plastre, Fr. from πλαζω.

    In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote upon the plaster of the wall. Dan. v. 5.

    In the worst inn’s worst room, with mat half-hung,
    The floors of plaster, and the walls of dung. Alexander Pope.

    Maps are hung up so high, to cover the naked plaster or wainscot. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Seeing the sore is whole, why retain we the plaster? Hook.

    You rub the sore,
    When you should bring the plaster. William Shakespeare.

    It not only moves the needle in powder, but likewise, if incorporated with plasters, as we have made trial. Brown.

    Plasters, that had any effect, must be by dispersing or repelling the humours. William Temple, Miscellanies.

  2. To Plasterverb

    Etymology: plastrer, Fr. from the noun.

    Boils and plagues
    Plaster you o’er, that one infect another
    Against the wind a mile. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The harlot’s cheek beautied with plast’ring art. William Shakespeare.

    A heart settled upon a thought of understanding, is as a fair plastering on the wall. Ecclus. xxii. 17.

    With a cement of flour, whites of eggs and stone powdered, piscina mirabilis is said to have the walls plastered. Francis Bacon.

    Plaster the chinky hives with clay. Dryden.

    The brain is grown more dry in its consistence, and receives not much more impression, than if you wrote with your finger on a plaster’d wall. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.


  1. plaster

    Plaster is a substance used in construction and building work that's made from lime or gypsum, mixed with sand and water, to create a paste-like material. It is used for coating walls and ceilings to create a smooth, hard surface, which can then be painted or wallpapered. It is also used to create architectural details, mouldings, or to make casts for broken bones in the medical field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plasternoun

    an external application of a consistency harder than ointment, prepared for use by spreading it on linen, leather, silk, or other material. It is adhesive at the ordinary temperature of the body, and is used, according to its composition, to produce a medicinal effect, to bind parts together, etc.; as, a porous plaster; sticking plaster

  2. Plasternoun

    a composition of lime, water, and sand, with or without hair as a bond, for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions of houses. See Mortar

  3. Plasternoun

    calcined gypsum, or plaster of Paris, especially when ground, as used for making ornaments, figures, moldings, etc.; or calcined gypsum used as a fertilizer

  4. Plasterverb

    to cover with a plaster, as a wound or sore

  5. Plasterverb

    to overlay or cover with plaster, as the ceilings and walls of a house

  6. Plasterverb

    fig.: To smooth over; to cover or conceal the defects of; to hide, as with a covering of plaster

  7. Etymology: [Cf. OF. plastrer to plaster (in sense 2), F. pltrer.]


  1. Plaster

    Plaster is a building material used for coating walls and ceilings. Plaster starts as a dry powder similar to mortar or cement and like those materials it is mixed with water to form a paste which liberates heat and then hardens. Unlike mortar and cement, plaster remains quite soft after setting, and can be easily manipulated with metal tools or even sandpaper. These characteristics make plaster suitable for a finishing, rather than a load-bearing material. The term plaster can refer to gypsum plaster, lime plaster, or cement plaster.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plaster

    plas′tėr, n. something that can be moulded into figures: a composition of lime, water, and sand for overlaying walls, &c.: (med.) a medicinal agent consisting of an adhesive substance spread upon cloth or leather, so as to stick to the part of the body to which it is applied.—adj. made of plaster.—v.t. to cover with plaster: to cover with a plaster, as a wound: to besmear: (fig.) to smooth over.—ns. Plas′terer, one who plasters, or one who works in plaster; Plas′tering, the art of covering the internal faces of walls, the partitions and ceiling of a building, with plaster: a covering of plaster: the plasterwork of a building; Plas′ter-stone, gypsum.—adj. Plas′tery, like plaster, containing plaster.—Plaster cast, a copy of an object got by pouring a mixture of plaster of Paris and water into a mould formed from the object; Plaster of Paris, a kind of gypsum, originally found near Paris, used in building and in making casts of figures; Porous plaster, a plaster for application to the body, full of small holes, which prevent it from wrinkling. [A.S. plaster—O. Fr. emplastre—L. emplastrum—Gr. emplastron.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plaster is ranked #11829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Plaster surname appeared 2,646 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Plaster.

    91.3% or 2,417 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 72 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 58 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.7% or 47 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    0.4% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for plaster »

  1. palters

  2. persalt

  3. plastre

  4. platers

  5. psalter

  6. stapler

  7. palster

  8. spartle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plaster in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plaster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of plaster in a Sentence

  1. Gardiner Hallock:

    You think of what it took to build Monticello – you need people who made bricks, people who laid the bricks, who chopped the wood, converted it into fine trim and woodwork and then installed it, and then there's people who need to plaster the interior walls as well and lay the floors - and slave craftsmen were involved with all of those steps.

  2. Rich Greenfield:

    If I were these companies I would plaster the word 'churn' in everyone's offices, churn will kill.

  3. John Higgins:

    This is like putting a sticking plaster on a broken leg.

  4. Eissa Zidan:

    The coffin has suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers, the restoration work will take about eight months.

  5. Rob Carnell:

    It has to be done at some point, but it's like taking off a sticking plaster. It's going to hurt.

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