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 Baltimore artist transforms these into haunting self-portraits by adding wax, plaster and paint that both complement and supplement the wooden shapes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 The original maple flooring is still here and the original decorative plaster repainted. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Cozy ‘castle’ is among eight stops on Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour Sept. 15," 30 Aug. 2019 Lane is quickly overwhelmed by the home’s issues: a sole, rusted faucet nicks her but doesn’t spout water; bugs are everywhere; plaster and roof and load-bearing pieces of infrastructure are falling apart. Jacqueline Kantor, Curbed, "Beginning again when a home falls apart," 8 Aug. 2019 Instead of nails or regular picture hooks, use screw hooks or earthquake-specific hangers installed directly into wall studs, not just the plaster, the Earthquake Alliance suggests. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "The 9 earthquake hazards lurking in your home," 13 July 2019 Tiscornia turns construction materials — plaster, tile and wood — into intimate evocations of infinity. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Emily Dickinson provides the lens for eight artists in L.A.’s Chinatown," 14 Sep. 2019 Most rooms are tight, too, some as small as 135-square-feet, but windows let in light and the space is bright (think: ivory plaster, white woodwork, bright wallpaper accent walls, black-and-white touches with here-and-there pops of color). Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Block Island Beach House is updated, but still honors the past," 29 Aug. 2019 Since then, Osanna has received hundreds of purloined bricks, fresco fragments and bits of painted plaster in packages from across the world. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The New Treasures of Pompeii," 21 Aug. 2019 The smell of cigarettes is released from the plaster, the vice of some previous owner. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Can’t stand the heat? Too bad. Summer in Washington is stupid hot these days.," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Ben & Jerry’s, which sprinkles its ice cream with a do-the-right-thing anti-capitalist vibe, found itself scolded by Britain’s advertising regulator this summer for plastering ads for fatty frozen calories around schools in London. The Economist, "Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities," 22 Aug. 2019 For these parties, the sponsoring app covers production costs and offers branded swag, in addition to plastering the party space (typically a frat house) with its unmistakable logo. Terry Nguyen, Vox, "Frats are throwing parties with Tinder and Bumble. This isn’t exactly new.," 20 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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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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