What does plastic mean?

Definitions for plastic
ˈplæs tɪkplas·tic

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plastic.

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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plasticadjective

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

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

  2. Plasticadjective

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

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

  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

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

  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]

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

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.

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

  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

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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. Miguel Nicolelis:

    We may actually have triggered a plastic reorganization in the cortex by re-inserting a representation of lower limbs and locomotion in the cortex, these patients may have been able to transmit some of this information from the cortex through the spinal cord, through these very few nerves that may have survived the original trauma. It’s almost like we turned them on again.

  2. Robbie Smith:

    We need to look at all the ways we are not understanding the fate of plastic, recycling is terrible, even in the US. Countries are facing up to the reality, but they are not ready to turn off the tap. Read more: Greenland is melting in a heatwave. That's everyone's problem.

  3. Alexandra Patrikiou:

    Since plastic is dominating our daily life, it would be very difficult to stop using it. But, if someone somehow makes it like a habit, we think we could stop buying altogether.

  4. Jamie Lloyd-Smith:

    What the study showed is that under certain conditions in the laboratory, which are obviously kind of artificial, SARS-CoV-2 is detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

  5. Fathmath Hulwa Khaleellwa:

    We're an importing economy and everything comes wrapped in plastic, so it's a big battle, but we're starting where we think we'll make the most difference : with schools. Showing kids what it is we want them to protect.

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