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

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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 for the explosion, Deakins and director John Crowley decided to depict the event with small, artful moments—a plume of smoke, plaster falling like snow—instead of one big ka-boom. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How The Goldfinch Recreated the Upper East Side on Screen—In Yonkers," 13 Sep. 2019 The plaster artisans have replicated the Greek key and other pattern moldings damaged in 1950s building modifications. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact," 13 Sep. 2019 Their pictures and framed jerseys plaster all available space in the football area of Army's athletics center, overlooking the south end zone of Michie Stadium. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "With a program rebuilt, Army ready to make more history as when it visits No. 7 Michigan," 5 Sep. 2019 Inside, the house is a carcass of rotting wood and crumbling plaster; an enormous blue tarp covers a doozy of a hole in the back wall. Cathy Alter, chicagotribune.com, "Julia Child’s D.C. home had lost its luster. But the owner plans to make it sparkle again.," 3 Sep. 2019 Then layers of plaster bandages were tightly molded to the surfaces of each block. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 After turning off the highway near the town of Todos Santos, and driving down an unassuming desert road, the property's organic farm fields and gleaming white plaster buildings appeared like a beautiful mirage. Marc Davila, House Beautiful, "Hotel San Cristobal Is the Ultimate End-of-Summer Vacation Spot," 27 Aug. 2019 His visit also included a stop in the plaster room, where children can design their casts with different colors, glitter and characters to make their experience more fun. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Signs Hospital's Visitors Book Previously Signed by Mother Princess Diana," 25 July 2019 On the Block The earthen hues of a plaster exterior evoke the American Southwest or a European village. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale: Stucco homes in Salem and Rockport," 19 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t worry, Clooney got his revenge, by plastering Pitt’s car with bumper stickers that Pitt would probably not have chosen. Time, "Leaping Brad Pitt Gloriously Photobombed Margot Robbie," 12 July 2019 The group typically protests Brexit by plastering tweets and comments made my British leaders on buildings and billboards. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Anti-Brexit group taunts Trump with images of USS John McCain and Obama's approval rating projected onto London landmarks," 3 June 2019 Then the jackets were turned over and their undersides fully plastered. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 The overstuffed set – hundreds of Scrabble tiles plastered everywhere — relentlessly distracted. Lee Williams | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Matilda’ gets an ‘A’ for being delightfully deranged," 23 July 2019 In addition to the same getRoman.com ads approved by the MBTA, posters for erectile disfunction medication Hims recently plastered the subway system with blatantly phallic cacti and eggplants. Kate Flaim, Fortune, "The Wing Lands in Boston and Finds an Advertising Double Standard," 14 June 2019 In an interview published in the Cape Ann Sun in 1996, Edna Beaudoin, the home’s current caretaker and Stenman’s niece, said that no surface was safe from being plastered in paper. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 The America’s Got Talent judge, 46, turned heads on the red carpet for the live shows of AGT at the Dolby Theatre while wearing a one-of-a-kind RXCH gown plastered in her husband, Dwyane Wade’s throwback school photo. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Gabrielle Union Wears Dress with Husband Dwyane Wade's Face All Over It — And She's 'Obsessed'," 28 Aug. 2019 Kids are back at school; the Astros are gearing up for a playoff run; vacant lots are plastered with campaign signs. Mike Morris, chicagotribune.com, "Recovery continues in Houston area 2 years after Harvey hit," 22 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for plaster

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

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More Definitions for plaster

plaster

noun
How to pronounce plaster (audio)

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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