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ˈplæs tɪkplas·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plasticnoun

    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, plasticadjective

    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, plasticadjective

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

    "plastic substances such as wax or clay"

  4. plastic, pliantadjective

    capable of being influenced or formed

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

  5. formative, shaping, plasticadjective

    forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

    "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"

Wiktionary

  1. plasticnoun

    A sculptor, moulder.

  2. plasticnoun

    Any solid but malleable substance.

  3. plasticnoun

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

  4. plasticnoun

    Any similar synthetic material, not necessarily thermoplastic.

  5. plasticnoun

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

  6. plasticnoun

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

  7. plasticadjective

    Capable of being moulded; malleable, flexible, pliant.

  8. plasticadjective

    Producing tissue.

  9. plasticadjective

    Creative, formative.

  10. plasticadjective

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

  11. plasticadjective

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

  12. plasticadjective

    Made of plastic.

  13. plasticadjective

    Inferior or not the real thing; ersatz.

  14. plasticadjective

    Fake, snobbish. Usually refers to a person.

Wikipedia

  1. Plastic

    Plastics are a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that use polymers as a main ingredient. Their plasticity makes it possible for plastics to be moulded, extruded or pressed into solid objects of various shapes. This adaptability, plus a wide range of other properties, such as being lightweight, durable, flexible, and inexpensive to produce, has led to its widespread use. Plastics typically are made through human industrial systems. Most modern plastics are derived from fossil fuel-based chemicals like natural gas or petroleum; however, recent industrial methods use variants made from renewable materials, such as corn or cotton derivatives.9.2 billion tonnes of plastic are estimated to have been made between 1950 and 2017. More than half this plastic has been produced since 2004. In 2020, 400 million tonnes of plastic were produced. If global trends on plastic demand continue, it is estimated that by 2050 annual global plastic production will reach over 1,100 million tonnes. The success and dominance of plastics starting in the early 20th century has caused widespread environmental problems, due to their slow decomposition rate in natural ecosystems. Most plastic produced has not been reused, either being captured in landfills or persisting in the environment as plastic pollution. Plastic pollution can be found in all the world's major water bodies, for example, creating garbage patches in all of the world's oceans and contaminating terrestrial ecosystems. Of all the plastic discarded so far, some 14% has been incinerated and less than 10% has been recycled.In developed economies, about a third of plastic is used in packaging and roughly the same in buildings in applications such as piping, plumbing or vinyl siding. Other uses include automobiles (up to 20% plastic), furniture, and toys. In the developing world, the applications of plastic may differ; 42% of India's consumption is used in packaging. In the medical field, polymer implants and other medical devices are derived at least partially from plastic. Worldwide, about 50 kg of plastic is produced annually per person, with production doubling every ten years. The world's first fully synthetic plastic was Bakelite, invented in New York in 1907, by Leo Baekeland, who coined the term "plastics". Dozens of different types of plastics are produced today, such as polyethylene, which is widely used in product packaging, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used in construction and pipes because of its strength and durability. Many chemists have contributed to the materials science of plastics, including Nobel laureate Hermann Staudinger, who has been called "the father of polymer chemistry" and Herman Mark, known as "the father of polymer physics".

ChatGPT

  1. plastic

    Plastic is a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc., that can be molded into various shapes and forms while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form. It is lightweight, durable, and resistant to moisture, chemicals, and UV light, making it useful in a wide variety of applications. In a broader sense, the term "plastic" can also refer to something that can easily be shaped or molded.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plasticadjective

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

  2. Plasticadjective

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

  3. Plasticadjective

    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. plasticnoun

    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]

  5. Etymology: [L. plasticus, Gr. , fr. to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plastic

    plas′tik, adj. having power to give form to: capable of being moulded: of or pertaining to moulding.—ns. Plastic′ity, state or quality of being plastic; Plastilī′na, a modelling clay which remains soft and plastic for a considerable time; Plastog′raphy, imitation of handwriting. [Gr. plastikosplassein, to mould.]

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

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plastic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plastic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of plastic in a Sentence

  1. Claudio Fracassi:

    I want to save the environment. I recycle. But I want more choices (of non-plastic products) and the emphasis should be put on the manufacturer.

  2. Women Quarterly:

    You see these girls and they have these crazy bodies and most of them have had a lot of plastic surgery and it's clear what they post isn't real, i had to unfollow a lot of people because it was making me angry.

  3. Jardayna Werlin:

    Plastic bags as a free thing at point-of-sale are not really free, they get wrapped into the cost to the consumer anyway. [...] Having that fee in place is crucial and allows the business owners to recoup if they do have increased costs for having to provide paper bags.

  4. Kimberly ONeill with baby London:

    My wife saved every single needle that I injected, all capped and plastic seals around them and everything, we didn't know how many shots we were going to have at the end of it and we thought it was going to work pretty quick.

  5. Stanford University engineer Wei-Min Wu:

    We need to be better at recycling. We shouldn't waste plastic anywhere.

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