plastic

noun
plas·tic | \ ˈpla-stik \

Definition of plastic 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a plastic substance specifically : any of numerous organic synthetic or processed materials that are mostly thermoplastic or thermosetting polymers of high molecular weight and that can be made into objects, films, or filaments

2 : credit cards used for payment

called also plastic money

plastic

adjective

Definition of plastic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : made or consisting of a plastic

2 : having a quality suggestive of mass-produced plastic goods especially : artificial sense 3 plastic smiles

3a : capable of being molded or modeled plastic clay

b : capable of adapting to varying conditions : pliable ecologically plastic animals

4 : capable of being deformed continuously and permanently in any direction without rupture

5 : relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting neural plasticity

6 : of, relating to, or involving plastic surgery

7 : formative, creative plastic forces in nature

Definition of -plastic (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : developing : forming thromboplastic

2 : of or relating to (something designated by a term ending in -plasm, -plast, -plasty, or -plasy) homoplastic neoplastic

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Other words from plastic

Noun

plasticky \ˈpla-sti-kē \ adjective

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Adjective

plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, malleable, adaptable mean susceptible of being modified in form or nature. plastic applies to substances soft enough to be molded yet capable of hardening into the desired fixed form. plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom pliable suggests something easily bent, folded, twisted, or manipulated. pliable rubber tubing pliant may stress flexibility and sometimes connote springiness. an athletic shoe with a pliant sole ductile applies to what can be drawn out or extended with ease. ductile metals such as copper malleable applies to what may be pressed or beaten into shape. the malleable properties of gold adaptable implies the capability of being easily modified to suit other conditions, needs, or uses. computer hardware that is adaptable

Examples of plastic in a Sentence

Noun

The toy was made of plastic. a company that manufactures plastics She used plastic to pay for her new computer.

Adjective

Silly Putty is famous for being very plastic. there's usually a plastic cordiality at these corporate events
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Services will include gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry, urology, sports health, hand surgery, gynecology and breast surgery. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cleveland Clinic readies new $53 million Coral Springs Family Health Center," 13 July 2018 Traffic was diverted off at Indiana 2 at the Lowell exit as the rolls of plastic and the tractor were removed from I-65, the release states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Semi driver distracted by bug spills 42,000 pounds of plastic on I-65 near Lowell," 12 July 2018 The global cashless movement has reached Washington, where a growing number of fast-casual and other establishments are saying no to greenbacks in favor of plastic and mobile payments. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "As restaurants go cashless, a backlash is building. Will D.C. intervene?," 9 July 2018 Troll for trout, throw plastics and crankbaits for bass or toss small jigs and crankbaits tipped with worms or cut bait to tempt bluegill, crappie and perch. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 The cleanups are aimed at preventing plastic and other pollution from washing into the Pacific Ocean. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hundreds turn out for post-Fourth of July beach cleanup — most volunteers but some working off holiday infractions," 6 July 2018 Compostable paper and plastic straws are allowed under the ban. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 2 July 2018 Reds will hit cut ladyfish, spoons, jigs and soft plastic jerkbaits. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 16," 15 July 2018 In its usual format, doubles teams use wood or polymer paddles to hit a plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

During a traffic stop, officers noticed a plastic bag with a white substance inside the center console after Neally opened it to retrieve his insurance information, police said. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Buffalo Grove police: Man faces charges after traffic stop turns up cocaine, marijuana," 13 July 2018 As of about a month ago, Bongiorno said, plastic bags are no longer accepted by the recycling processor facilities with which the county contracts. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 Tariffs by Canada, which took effect July 1, affect some $659 million worth of Texas goods, including products for oil and gas drilling, plastic bags and refrigerator-freezers with separate doors. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Trade spats ‘new norm’ for sorghum growers, nail biter for Texas manufacturers," 6 July 2018 Related to parsley, celery will stay fresh in a plastic bag for a week in the refrigerator. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate celery!," 4 July 2018 According to a police report, 395 grams of fentanyl were seized, along with 137 grams of heroin, 27 grams of cocaine, 15 plastic bags of crack, six bags of marijuana, and 368 grams of an as-yet unidentified powder. Felicia Gans, BostonGlobe.com, "13 arrested in Boston drug raids," 3 July 2018 According to another probable cause affidavit, cops saw a man cycle up to Johnson's front door, get a plastic bag from Johnson as the door burped open and closed, then pedal away. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They came for a man accused of fathering a 14-year old's baby. They found something more," 3 July 2018 The company and its product, marketed as a sustainable and convenient alternative to plastic bags, were born out of necessity. Ethan Millman, latimes.com, "How one couple turned grocery bagging into a fast-growing business," 29 June 2018 The entertainer sat front row in a white jumpsuit and chicly displayed her belongings in a clear plastic bag, courtesy of LV. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Rihanna Hops on the Clear Bag Trend, Lil Miquela Wears a Suit, and More," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of plastic

Noun

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 7

History and Etymology for plastic

Adjective

Latin plasticus of molding, from Greek plastikos, from plassein to mold, form

Adjective combining form

Greek -plastikos, from plassein

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The first known use of plastic was in 1624

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More Definitions for plastic

plastic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of plastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made or consisting of plastic

: not real or sincere

: capable of being made into different shapes

plastic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light, strong substance that can be made into different shapes and that is used for making many common products

: a credit card when used for payment

plastic

adjective
plas·tic | \ ˈpla-stik \

Kids Definition of plastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of plastic plastic bags a plastic bucket

2 : capable of being molded or modeled plastic clay

plastic

noun

Kids Definition of plastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of various manufactured materials that can be molded into objects or formed into films or fibers

plastic

adjective
plas·tic | \ ˈplas-tik \

Medical Definition of plastic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made or consisting of a plastic

2 : capable of being deformed continuously and permanently in any direction without breaking or tearing

3a : capable of growth, repair, or differentiation a plastic tissue

b : relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting neural plasticity

4 : of, relating to, or involving plastic surgery plastic repair

plastic

noun

Medical Definition of plastic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a plastic substance specifically : any of numerous organic synthetic or processed materials that are mostly thermoplastic or thermosetting polymers of high molecular weight and that can be made into objects, films, or filaments

2 : an object made of plastic

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