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

The giant portrait crafted with plaster and chisels has greeted people driving into Downtown on 5th Street since 2011. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Downtown mural covered in concrete, owner says wall had to be secured," 2 July 2019 The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house comes with architectural details that include vaulted beamed ceilings, plaster walls and Mexican tile flooring. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Scottsdale mansion with underground wine cellar and six-car garage sells for $4M," 10 June 2019 Outfit beds with luxury linen sheets (seen here in the hues of Coyoacan’s plaster and tile work) to ensure your guests wake up feeling renewed. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 Building materials such as plaster and mud were also readily available near the settlement itself. National Geographic, "This Stone Age settlement took humanity's first steps toward city life," 26 Mar. 2019 Horsehair plaster and metal wiring inside old walls obstruct signal strength. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s pulling the plug on the ‘cable guy’ stereotype," 1 June 2018 The plaster is made of lime, seaweed extracts and eggshells. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Tech companies are stepping back in time to fight climate crisis," 26 June 2019 After sustaining a thumb injury, Quavo didn’t spring for the usual plaster or fiberglass casing. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Only Quavo Could Pull Off This Highly Unexpected Accessory," 18 June 2019 Applying to the forehead a plaster of ground-up boiled earthworms encased in linen was another. Sibbie O'sullivan, Washington Post, "Migraines have plagued me for years. A new book puts my pain in perspective.," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before the night is over, 'Zizou On T'aime' has been plastered across the Arc de Triomphe, and, upon the team's return to France, it is screeched by the welcoming crowds. SI.com, "Anatomy of a Headbutt: OTD in 2006 Zinedine Zidane Was Sent Off in the World Cup Final," 9 July 2019 An all-white angel, a few inches tall and wide that had been plastered to the inside of the gnome. oregonlive.com, "Shattered statue reveals secret," 28 June 2019 It was forced to halt work on a highway around the city, which now stops abruptly at hoardings plastered in yellowing propaganda posters. The Economist, "As growth slows, the spectre of local-government debt looms once more," 22 June 2019 When she was born, her father had been the governor of Kentucky, and her baby photo, taken two minutes after her arrival on earth, had been plastered across the cover of the state’s biggest newspaper. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 The New York subways are plastered with images of sad, drooping cactuses — an image meant to suggest erectile dysfunction in ads for the men’s wellness company him. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Sex Tech Company Dame Sues NYC Subways Over ‘Sexist’ Advertising Rules," 20 June 2019 The question was plastered throughout London’s subway system, and so was the model doing the asking. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Women who can’t park cars, men who can’t change diapers: Britain bans ads depicting harmful gender stereotypes," 17 June 2019 The room’s walls were plastered with weather reports, charts and evacuation route maps. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "18,000 sandbags later, Lake City flood fears diminish even as rivers rise across southwestern Colorado," 16 June 2019 At the time, the house was plastered in asbestos shingles and 1950s vinyl flooring, with a marigold kitchen overrun by mice. New York Times, "How a 19th-Century Workman’s Cottage Became a Family Home," 10 June 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

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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