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

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

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 Restorations brought the 1930s home up to date, but the 3,749-square-foot interior still features original plaster moldings and a tongue-and-groove ceiling over the family room. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera rocks a home sale in Los Feliz," 6 July 2018 Inside, historically accurate details like 15-foot ceilings, pine floors, plaster moldings, and arch fireplaces can be found throughout. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Ben Affleck Is Selling His 87-Acre Private Georgia Island Compound for $8.9 Million," 1 June 2018 Image On a recent April morning, the developer Mark Gordon stood in a just-finished guest room in his Moxy Downtown hotel in Lower Manhattan, plaster dust powdering his black pants. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Drawing a Younger Crowd to Lower Manhattan," 22 May 2018 Thousands of pounds of wood and plaster fell into its sanctuary. Fox News, "Ceiling collapses at church hours before group was to meet," 26 May 2018 The intricate plasterwork on the ceilings in this Victorian cottage built by plaster craftsman Prosser in the 1880s was degrading. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A mini-showroom for plasterwork that looks 'like a wedding cake'," 5 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The slogan remains a staple of Friday prayers and is plastered throughout the country. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 In a photo Cohen shared on Twitter, which has since gone viral, the lyrics are colorfully drawn on a poster plastered right next to the alphabet. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Now Kindergartners Are Learning Creepy Lockdown-Drill Nursery Rhymes in School," 7 June 2018 The all-day restaurant serves up classic diner food--headlining a killer breakfast--and eclectic decor including vintage movie posters and other kitschy mementos plastering the walls. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "How to spend 24 hours in Chattanooga, Tennessee," 25 Apr. 2018 Then New Albany scored the first 19 points and plastered host Seymour 84-42 in the Friday nightcap. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "No. 3 New Albany, No. 4 Floyd Central to battle for Seymour Sectional title," 2 Mar. 2018 While early memes followed standardized formats, like white block font plastered on top of a funny photo, today’s memes are more esoteric. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Memes Are Becoming Harder to Monetize," 31 May 2018 Along with a menu of traditional Italian dishes, the restaurant was known for the elaborate tree mural plastered on the glass wall just steps from the Western Avenue Blue Line stop. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Animale makes way for Langhe Market in Logan Square," 24 Apr. 2018 Starting this month, Portlanders will see dozens of new billboards and advertisements plastered on the sides of buses across town urging drivers to slow down. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "'Time to slow down': Portland to blanket city with Vision Zero ad campaign," 2 Apr. 2018 Isaiah Thomas climbed out of a white Bentley parked in a lot at the University of Washington and strolled into Alaska Airlines Arena with that familiar limp and that unmistakable smile plastered on his face. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Isaiah Thomas: ‘I’m overjoyed. I don’t have the words. I’m home once again.’," 17 Feb. 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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