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Definitions for plastic
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.

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.]

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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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. Talisa Hardin:

    When I come home every day, I live in fear of contracting the virus, when I get home, I have to take off my scrubs, because the hospital won't give us hospital scrubs. I leave them outside in a plastic bag for a few days before I bring them in to wash them.

  2. Richard Lampitt:

    Plastic is not a particularly harmful material, however there is the potential that it does significant harm.

  3. Anna Hostetter:

    I think it’s just a huge weight off their shoulders, just being able to have that hug that they haven’t had in so long, when we were planning this and setting it up, and I saw pictures, I wasn’t sure if with all the plastic and everything you could really get that human contact. But I teared up on some of them. It was really special for our families.

  4. Russell McMurry:

    It’s no different from having a plastic cup in your cupboard, it’s not combustible. It requires something to make it burn.

  5. David Katz:

    There's not even a question -- the blank is not going to have a projectile, the part of the cartridge, the bullet is not going to be here. The cartridge will either be crimped or there will be some sort of wadding or plastic cap because the powder still needs to be contained.

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