What does plaster mean?

Definitions for plaster
ˈplæs tər, ˈplɑ stərplas·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plaster(noun)

    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, plaster(noun)

    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, plaster(noun)

    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, plasterwork(noun)

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

    "there were cracks in the plaster"

  5. plaster, adhesive plaster, sticking plaster(verb)

    adhesive tape used in dressing wounds

  6. plaster, plaster over, stick on(verb)

    apply a heavy coat to

  7. plaster, beplaster(verb)

    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. plaster(verb)

    affix conspicuously

    "She plastered warnings all over the wall"

  9. plaster(verb)

    apply a plaster cast to

    "plaster the broken arm"

  10. plaster, daub(verb)

    coat with plaster

    "daub the wall"

  11. poultice, plaster(verb)

    dress by covering with a therapeutic substance


  1. plaster(Noun)

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

  2. plaster(Noun)

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

  3. plaster(Noun)

    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. plaster(Noun)

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

  5. plaster(Verb)

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

    Her face was plastered in mud.

  6. plaster(Verb)

    To hide or cover up, as if with plaster.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plaster(noun)

    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. Plaster(noun)

    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. Plaster(noun)

    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. Plaster(verb)

    to cover with a plaster, as a wound or sore

  5. Plaster(verb)

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

  6. Plaster(verb)

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

  7. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for plaster »

  1. palters, persalt, plastre, platers, psalter, stapler

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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. John Higgins:

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

  2. Rob Carnell:

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

  3. Rich Greenfield:

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

  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. 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.

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