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

Inside, Spanish details include Saltillo tile, plaster walls, French doors and river rock accents across two stories. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Sublime with Rome’s Rome Ramirez shops around 1920s hacienda in Laurel Canyon," 9 Aug. 2019 The bronze statue was based on a plaster model by Mr. Estern for a commission years earlier by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for LaGuardia Airport. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Neil Estern, sculptor of monumental public works, 93," 31 July 2019 The bronze statue was based on a plaster model by Mr. Estern for a commission years earlier by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for La Guardia Airport. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Neil Estern, Sculptor of Monumental Public Works, Dies at 93," 30 July 2019 Once out of the ground, the fossil was coated in foil and plaster, put in a box and wrapped in a memory foam mattress for transportation to the lab for further research. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "College student unearths 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull," 24 July 2019 Details include Venetian plaster walls, plantation shutters and wood and travertine floors. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hockey vet Marc-Andre Fleury scores a buyer for Las Vegas home," 10 June 2019 Ongoing construction work is based on the architect's plaster models, and photos and publications of his original drawings, which were destroyed in a 1930s fire, according to Sagrada Familia foundation. Fox News, "Spain: Unfinished Gaudí church gets permit after 137 years," 9 June 2019 Now almost 58 years later, the pool is about to re-open for another summer of swimming and fun in the sun after a $350,000 renovation project over the spring has restored the pool’s luster — as well as its plaster walls and drains. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Grange Pool ready for the summer swim season," 7 June 2019 Crafted stone, stucco and Venetian plaster all feature prominently in the design of the 1,828-square-foot home. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Sugar Ray Leonard eyes a $52-million prize in Pacific Palisades," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

How will Texas handle having an even larger target plastered across its back? Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas Longhorns: 5 things to watch," 1 Aug. 2019 Protesters have plastered walls near the governor’s official residence in Old San Juan with graffiti objecting to the potential governorship of either Mr. Rivera Schatz or Ms. Vázquez. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Uncertainty Over Puerto Rico Governor’s Successor Could Lead to More Unrest," 25 July 2019 One of the newest firms, Hers, has plastered subway cars in New York City with glossy ads. The Economist, "Abortion laws get more attention in the culture wars," 20 July 2019 Reign FC has plastered a portrait of her on its website for days, advertising a World Cup homecoming match against the Chicago Fire on July 28. Roman Stubbs, courant.com, "US women’s pro soccer league hopes World Cup excitement will lead to a breakthrough," 10 July 2019 Omar Avila is lucky — unlike most of the vendors who sell their wares along the bustling Santa Monica Pier, his pushcart is licensed, plastered with permits, and has an A grade from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Sonja Sharp, latimes.com, "Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules," 30 June 2019 Whirling into the Axels, Lutzes, Salchows, toe loops and flips, a skater suddenly tumbles down -- Smack! -- scrambles to her feet, leaving four years of dreams in pieces on the rink, plasters a smile on her face, and catches up to the music. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Winter Olympics: Ice, snow, thrills, terror and Spam -- Bill Livingston," 8 Feb. 2018 Some thought experiments suggest that black holes might be empty shells that carry all their information plastered on their horizons and project it outward to the rest of the universe like holograms. Quanta Magazine, "What Sonic Black Holes Say About Real Ones," 8 Nov. 2016 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

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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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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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