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 plaster (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 plaster (audio) \ adjective

Verb

plasterer \ ˈpla-​stər-​ər How to pronounce plaster (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 As Derrick Bryson Taylor writes for the New York Times, this smaller Statue of Liberty was cast in 2009 from a 3-D scan of a model of the original plaster prototype created by sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 The two studios worked in tandem on a plaster hearth for the outdoor living room. House Beautiful, 10 June 2021 Clumpy lead paint and plaster curl off the walls of some inner-city Philadelphia schools. NBC News, 2 June 2021 In neutral colors, even structurally commanding pieces, like the stumpy plaster bedside table, work. Alison Van Houten, WSJ, 2 June 2021 And throughout the apartment are fine architectural details, like herringbone hardwood flooring, original plaster moldings and sash windows. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 To stabilize the chemicals, the Frees experimented with rubber cement, potato starch, varnish, plaster of Paris and egg albumin before settling on gelatin, which appeared to work best. New York Times, 3 May 2021 The home's original walls had a pattern to the plaster that Falade tried to match in the new bathroom. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 The dazzling plaster of the Nymphaeum is down to a single tile painted with a little bird. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In December, parent activists in New York City began going out after dark to plaster up hundreds of posters that call out child protective services. Chris Gottlieb, Time, 17 Mar. 2021 In fact, part of their media strategy going into Tuesday's election has been to plaster Trump's own words on billboards across Georgia, including one where Trump slammed Kemp and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 4 Jan. 2021 By apparently compromising moderator accounts, the attackers were able to plaster MAGA materials all over at least 70 popular subreddits. Brian Barrett, Wired, 7 Aug. 2020 The pine-board interior smells like hot grease, and it’s plastered with beer signs. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, 29 May 2020 Vans with blaring loudspeakers and plastered with colorful posters weave through the streets. New York Times, 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, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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 | Mwake@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2019

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

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“Plaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plaster. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for plaster

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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