plaster

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noun

plas·​ter ˈpla-stər How to pronounce plaster (audio)
1
: a medicated or protective dressing that consists of a film (as of cloth or plastic) spread with a usually medicated substance
adhesive plaster
broadly : something applied to heal and soothe
2
: a pasty composition (as of lime, water, and sand) that hardens on drying and is used for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions
plastery adjective

plaster

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verb

plastered; plastering ˈpla-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce plaster (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to overlay or cover with plaster : coat
2
: to apply a plaster to
3
a
: to cover over or conceal as if with a coat of plaster
b
: to apply as a coating or incrustation
c
: to smooth down with a sticky or shiny substance
plastered his hair down
4
: to fasten or apply tightly to another surface
5
: to treat with plaster of paris
6
: to affix to or place on especially conspicuously or in quantity
7
: to inflict heavy damage or loss on especially by a concentrated or unremitting attack

intransitive verb

: to apply plaster
plasterer noun

Examples of plaster in a Sentence

Noun put a plaster on the burn and don't touch it Verb We plastered and sanded the walls before painting them. They plastered the walls with posters. Someone had plastered a political poster on the wall. His clothes were plastered to his body from the rain. He plastered his hair down with gel.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Grand 14-foot ceilings, plaster crown moldings, oak parquet floors and five wood-burning fireplaces add elegance. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 The building’s original plaster walls and marble fireplaces were preserved as a nod to its history. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2024
Verb
Donaldson made a big show of supporting Kjellberg’s campaign to stay on top back in 2019, having plastered every billboard in his town with ads promoting PewDiePie. Wes Davis, The Verge, 2 June 2024 The candidates On a recent weekday morning, Mexico City’s historic Zócalo plaza is flooded with vendors selling political trinkets plastered with the face of President López Obrador, whom people refer to as AMLO. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for plaster 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron, from emplassein to plaster on, from en- + plassein to mold, plaster; perhaps akin to Latin planus level, flat — more at floor

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaster was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plaster. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

plaster

1 of 2 noun
plas·​ter ˈplas-tər How to pronounce plaster (audio)
1
: a medicated or protective dressing consisting of a film (as of cloth or plastic) spread with a substance that clings to the skin
adhesive plaster
2
: a paste (as of lime, water, and sand) that hardens on drying and is used for coating walls and ceilings
plastery adjective

plaster

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plastered; plastering -t(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce plaster (audio)
1
: to apply a plaster to
2
: to cover over as if with a coat of plaster
3
: to smooth down with a sticky or shiny substance
plastered my hair down
4
: to fasten or apply tightly to another surface
wet clothes plastered to his body
5
: to affix to or place on especially in large numbers
plaster posters to a wall
6
: to apply plaster
plasterer noun

Medical Definition

plaster

noun
plas·​ter ˈplas-tər How to pronounce plaster (audio)
: a medicated or protective dressing that consists of a film (as of cloth or plastic) spread with a usually medicated substance
adhesive plaster

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