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. 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"

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

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

  2. Plastic(adj)

    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. 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

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

  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]

    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.]

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

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Numerology

  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. Thomas Troward:

    Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.

  2. Ivan Verner:

    Considering the beer is finally in a glass rather than a plastic cup from a take-away window, it is absolutely great.

  3. Ganesh Ghimire:

    We are consulting with all sides about what can be done about plastic water bottles, we will soon find a solution for that.

  4. Emma Priestland:

    We are in a plastic pollution crisis and all companies need to reduce their plastic use, while it's great to see a company facing up to the harm caused by their single use plastic packaging and taking action, LEGO's entire business is based on plastic so they need to go the extra mile to really be sustainable.

  5. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    It is only a short step from exaggerating what we can find in the world to exaggerating our power to remake the world. Expecting more novelty than there is, more greatness than there is, and more strangeness than there is, we imagine ourselves masters of a plastic universe. But a world we can shape to our will is a shapeless world.

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