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

Painted in a pale moss green with chrome stools, checkerboard floor, weathered beams and lathes artfully exposed to show off the plaster, the bright space reminded me of an Eastern seashore diner as imagined in a Gene Kelly musical. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 The house features 13-foot-high ceilings, an original plaster medallion in the living room and a functioning set of pocket doors between the den and the kitchen. Kadee Krieger, NOLA.com, "Shotgun House Tour opens the doors to eclectic beauties in Algiers Point," 9 May 2018 The most eye-catching features in the kitchen are the geometric plaster medallions along the ceiling perimeter — a design idea of Ms. Thain, who wanted to replicate the ornamental details found at the top of the building’s facade. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A $39.5 Million Penthouse at 740 Park Avenue," 27 Apr. 2018 Brass and crystal chandeliers hung from elaborate plaster medallions in the parlor, foyer, and family room. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Coming home to an 1880 English country manor in Montgomery County," 9 Apr. 2018 Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The design is sort of hybrid of zen retreat and dreamy luxury, immersing shoppers in a world of greenery and natural oak floors, paired with formal angular windows framed by inclined, folding plaster. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Bottega Veneta Just Opened Their Futuristic Six-Story Tokyo Flagship," 8 Dec. 2018 The interiors of Spanish Colonial homes innately have a casual, warm feel to them, since the raw adobe walls may not be covered with plaster or accented with trim, and wooden beams often serve as structural support along the ceilings. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Is Spanish Colonial Design? Everything To Know About California's Popular Style," 13 Nov. 2018 The textured plaster walls also didn’t lend themselves to a paper application, so hand-painting was the way to go. Jessica Mischner, House Beautiful, "Hand-Painted Wallpaper Makes This Alabama House Simply Stunning," 6 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are only four players remaining from Cleveland's 2016 title team and one of them (Tristan Thompson) may be plastered to the bench. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "How Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson are approaching their first postseason appearance," 12 Apr. 2018 Saeed has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head—was instead plastered all over election posters. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan, Stop Coddling Terrorists," 29 Nov. 2018 Sayoc lived in a white 2002 Dodge Ram van, which was plastered with stickers supporting Trump and criticizing media outlets that included CNN, which was also targeted by mail bombs. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Bomb suspect: Ex-stripper with cash problems, Trump devotion," 27 Oct. 2018 Green's mistake was plastered across the front pages and headline writers worked overtime to come up with the catchiest phrase to encapsulate the severity of the error. SI.com, "On This Day: 12th June - the 'Hand of Clod' is Born as England Draw With the USA in 2010," 12 June 2018 Flyers with similar messages were plastered all over a vehicle Tilghman drove, said Ryan Beaulac, who lives in the apartment complex where Tilghman lived in northwest Oklahoma City. Washington Post, "Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering," 26 May 2018 The artists that Kendall and Kylie plastered their own faces over include the late Tupac and Biggie along with rock bands Metallica, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Doors. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Face Backlash Over Their Vintage T-Shirt Collection," 29 June 2017 A few days later, those same Seahawks plastered Sherman’s San Francisco 49ers 43-16 on Dec. 2. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "‘Middle of the road’? Seahawks’ Frank Clark has a message for Richard Sherman," 10 Dec. 2018 The space underwent a gut renovation with help from Christopher Leong of Leong Leong and the team at Nile Studio, who plastered the walls, uncovered the tin ceiling, and left the floor exposed with wood. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "6397’s First Store Embraces Community and a DIY Spirit," 6 Dec. 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
British : 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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