plaster

noun
plas·​ter | \ ˈpla-stər How to pronounce plaster (audio) \

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 How to pronounce plastering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce plastery (audio) \ adjective

Verb

plasterer \ ˈpla-​stər-​ər How to pronounce plasterer (audio) \ 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

There’s so much artistry and craftsmanship that goes into making these legs perfect for every single person … watching the whole process from a plaster mold to this amazing, custom, high-tech piece of equipment that allows people to walk. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019 The floor of the vestibule has decorative terra cotta floor tiles, foyer walls are lined with oak wainscoting, and the ceilings are open-beamed with decorative plaster moldings. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tour for a cure: Architectural treasure is this year's Breast Cancer Showhouse," 18 May 2018 Inside the cavernous waiting room, much of the walls and ceilings need repair — both plaster and paint. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Restoring Michigan Central Station will take years — and lots of money," 17 June 2018 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

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Similar ads have been plastered across the web: Kelly Ripa leaves show to launch antiaging wrinkle cream. Mehmet Oz And Kai Falkenberg, WSJ, "Facebook’s Scandal of Fake Celebrity Ads," 14 Apr. 2019 And underneath floating leather jockey hats at JW Anderson, there were glassy coifs plastered deep to one side, while at Richard Quinn, shiny strands were parted right down the middle then split at the crown for some serious part play. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 His opponent, Democrat Justin Nelson, staked his campaign on reminding voters about Paxton’s indictment and plastered the attorney general’s mugshot on highway billboards. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Ruling throws indicted Texas AG’s case into more uncertainty," 21 Nov. 2018 The print was plastered all over the walls, and many guests themselves, who came wearing outfits adorned with the locking horse-shoe like shapes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Salvatore Ferragamo Kicks off Fashion Week with an Intimate Dinner at Sant Ambroeus," 9 Feb. 2019 Its central medallion shows Hercules being bested by Bacchus—getting plastered, in today’s parlance. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’ Review: Shining Silver From an Untarnished Trove," 31 Oct. 2018 Anticipation had built for weeks as candidates campaigned vociferously, their faces looming over the city from billboard posters and banners plastered across shops and residential buildings. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Lebanon votes, but few have hopes for change," 7 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce plaster (audio) \

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 How to pronounce plaster (audio) \

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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