plaster

noun
plas·​ter | \ˈpla-stər \

Definition of plaster 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

plaster

verb
plastered; plastering\ ˈpla-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of plaster (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to overlay or cover with plaster : coat

2 : to apply a plaster to

3a : 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

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Other Words from plaster

Noun

plastery \ ˈpla-​st(ə-​)rē \ adjective

Verb

plasterer \ ˈpla-​stər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for plaster

Synonyms: Noun

cataplasm, dressing, poultice

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fabled ladies’ room lounge — where Bob Fosse once tap-danced atop the onyx table — features a second new bar, restored plaster work throughout, and the original table Fosse once chipped. Malcolm Gay, BostonGlobe.com, "After renovations, grand old Colonial Theatre prepares to open doors," 4 June 2018 There were plaster walls that needed to be repaired, molding that had to be repaired or replaced, walls and ceilings were painted and both hardwood floors and molding were refinished and/or repaired. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic Concordia home is 4,000 square feet of hard work - and love," 31 May 2018 And there’s no more peeling plaster in the Lincoln Bedroom. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 2018 Leoz said both the wrong plaster and the wrong paint were used, possibly covering up the original layers of paint beyond repair. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Are Restorers Ruining Spanish Art to Obscure an Ancient Truth? A Theory.," 26 June 2018 National Geographic notes the plaster casts’ lifelike poses show some victims, for example, crawling, or seated with head in hands. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extraordinary Pompeii discovery: Racehorse remains found among ancient city's ruins," 14 May 2018 Old plaster cracks easily and there is a lot more dust to deal with when cutting into an older wall. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why Baseboard Heaters Are So Common in Old Homes," 22 Jan. 2018 Just last December, School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announced a plan to repair damaged lead paint and plaster in at least 30 schools. Dylan Purcell, Philly.com, "Can Philadelphia school officials be trusted with millions in state money to clean up lead paint?," 12 July 2018 According to 1889 records, more than 55 million mosaic tiles are used in the space, as well as plaster and iron casts and beautiful art glass. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Devil's Ball fires up support for Auditorium Theatre," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But instead of plastering it with images of glittery sunglasses or the words of artist Coco Capitán this time around, the brand has decided to donate its prime real estate to a good cause. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Here’s the Story Behind Gucci’s New Soho Mural," 22 June 2018 But there was a time, from around 2008 to 2012, when seeing memes IRL, plastered on books, merchandise, and T-shirts, was still novel. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Memes Are Becoming Harder to Monetize," 31 May 2018 YouTube has funded the production of music videos, while Spotify has plastered artists’ visages on billboards in major cities. Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg.com, "Ed Sheeran’s Megahit Makes Case for Record Labels in Spotify Era," 1 Mar. 2018 Efforts were made at each stage to draw up lists and generate rudimentary medical records: for example, at Pheriche, each patient had a large piece of white tape plastered to their outer garment listing their name, age, and suspected injuries. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Devastating Aftermath of an Avalanche on Everest," 6 July 2018 Such a law against excessive self-promotion would be unimaginable in some other states, where officials plaster their names on everything from a state bridge to a city welcome sign. Washington Post, "Iowa politicians scurry to comply with ban on self-promotion," 27 June 2018 Papers plastered to the walls proclaim the official hashtags to be #sunstone and #funstone. Sarah Scoles, Longreads, "Meet the New Mormons," 8 June 2018 Eventually, the Raptors had to take Valanciunas off the floor for stretches and plastered a struggling Serge Ibaka to the bench. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Tyronn Lue deserves credit for sticking to Kevin Love plan, unlocking Cavaliers offense," 4 May 2018 Now it is plastered with portraits of the president, vowing continuity. Washington Post, "Portraits of Egypt’s leader fill iconic Cairo Square," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of plaster

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for plaster

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

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plaster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plaster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wet substance that hardens when it becomes dry and that is used to make smooth walls and ceilings

: a piece of material that is put on the skin over a small wound

plaster

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plaster (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (a surface) with plaster

: to cover (a surface or area) with something

: to put (something, such as a poster or sign) on a surface

plaster

noun
plas·​ter | \ˈpla-stər \

Kids Definition of plaster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a paste (as of lime, sand, and water) that hardens when it dries and is used for coating walls and ceilings

plaster

verb
plastered; plastering

Kids Definition of plaster (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover or smear with or as if with a paste used for coating

2 : to paste or fasten on especially so as to cover He likes to plaster a wall with posters.

plaster

noun
plas·​ter | \ˈplas-tər \

Medical Definition of plaster 

: 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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