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


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


plastery \ ˈpla-​st(ə-​)rē How to pronounce plastery (audio) \ adjective


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

Synonyms for plaster

Synonyms: Noun

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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 work includes replacing seats and carpeting, improving sight lines and sound quality, restoring plaster on the ceiling and walls and beginning the process to install the 1925 Wurlitzer theater organ. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Oriental Theatre will remain closed through the summer for improvement to seating and sound," 23 June 2020 Beyond the arched front entry, the main house features such details as limestone floors, Venetian plaster walls, groin vault ceilings and colonnades inspired by 14th century Italian gothic architecture. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Former Holmby Hills estate of W. Howard Lester lists for $58.75 million," 19 June 2020 Toggles are recommended for the heaviest objects on both drywall and plaster. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know to Properly (and Safely) Hang a Heavy Mirror," 15 June 2020 The only features that remain from the original structure are the front facade and the living room, which features an intricate plaster ceiling. Dallas News, "Take a look inside this renovated, blue-hued Beverly Drive home with elements of its 1928 origin," 3 June 2020 Volunteer Paul Wood stripped wallpaper down to plaster in the northeast den. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Exterior restoration on Medina’s historic McDowell-Phillips house nears completion," 1 June 2020 Steve and Linda have plaster molds of her hands and feet. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "3 months after her death, Baby Abigail gets a family," 29 May 2020 Size: 958 square feet Price per square foot: $625 Indoors: The home’s Colonial-era patina is enshrined in its 12-inch-wide pine floorboards and walls of plaster fortified with horsehair. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$600,000 Homes in Rhode Island, Colorado and Maryland," 22 Apr. 2020 The materials of the buildings - brick, wood, plaster, and stone - are consistent with surrounding structures. J.k. Dineen,, "Old CMPC maternity hospital to be reborn as upscale housing," 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pine-board interior smells like hot grease, and it’s plastered with beer signs. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, "What Happens When a Hit Deer Vanishes?," 29 May 2020 Vans with blaring loudspeakers and plastered with colorful posters weave through the streets. New York Times, "South Korea Goes to the Polls, Coronavirus Pandemic or Not," 10 Apr. 2020 Minneapolis is forecast to received 5 to 9 inches of snow with similar amounts projected for central northern Wisconsin, while the Upper Peninsula of Michigan could be plastered with near a foot. Matthew Cappucci,, "Pair of powerhouse storms to disrupt Thanksgiving travel in western and central U.S.," 25 Nov. 2019 There have also been urban guerrilla-style battles with the police, a laser-beam rave party that doubled as a protest, and giant Lennon Walls plastered with Post-It notes across the city. Mary Hui, Quartz, "What the Hong Kong protests can teach the world about enduring social movements," 19 Nov. 2019 Here, at the far end of the North Alabama State Fair midway, there's a vending stand plastered with supersized photos of bacon. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama Fair Food: Bacon goes bonkers in Muscle Shoals," 23 Sep. 2019 Millions of acres of farmland would have to be converted into forests or plastered over with solar panels. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The U.N.’s Doomsday Climate Clock," 15 Oct. 2018 On the right, money pouring in from Washington or supplied by local elites was used to contract professional painters, who were both more efficient and less talented, because they were used to plastering simple advertising messages. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing," 20 May 2020 Disney+ signed up more than 50 million customers in its first five months, buoyed by an aggressive marketing campaign that plastered airports, bus stops and TV networks with ads. Gerry Smith, Fortune, "HBO Max will join the streaming market when it launches May 27," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of plaster


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


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

History and Etymology for plaster


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

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“Plaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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



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


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


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.


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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