plastic

noun
plas·​tic | \ ˈpla-stik How to pronounce plastic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce -plastic (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for plastic

Synonyms: 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 The facility has earned the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, thanks to low-flow water systems, construction materials made from post-consumer plastic, and other environmentally friendly features. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2021 Mattel is launching a new line of Barbies made from plastic that would otherwise become ocean waste. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 June 2021 These new staff uniforms – celebrating 45 years of the company — are completely constructed from recycled plastic as part of Club Med’s continuing commitment to a sustainable approach to tourism. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The flip-up cover design is made from tough, weather-resistant plastic that includes a UV additive to protect against sunlight. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 June 2021 It’s made from plastic that’s tough enough to stand on with lids that lock tight. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 June 2021 Trigo, however, recommends EarthBox growing systems — rectangular boxes made from food-safe plastic that hold 2 cubic feet of soil and use a wicking system in the bottom to water the plants. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2021 The leaves are crafted from UV-resistant and waterproof plastic for outdoor use. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 14 May 2021 Lu wrapped a favorite bench in parafilm, a plastic used in labs, as if to protect a relic of community gatherings. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His body was also found on Daybell's property, wrapped in plastic bags and duct tape. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 State and municipal governments have had success in banning certain items like plastic grocery bags, foam cups and drinking straws. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, paper towels, electrical equipment, batteries and clothing. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 21 May 2021 The Aum Supreme Truth cult, now known as Aleph, places plastic bags of sarin on trains that converge in the Tokyo government district during rush hour. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021 Eight people who live at Carroll Lutheran Village collected 500 plastic bags — the bags their meals have been delivered in during the pandemic. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 14 May 2021 Images circulated on social media of people hoarding gas and filling up all manner of unsuitable containers, prompting the U.S. Product Safety Commission to warn customers: Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline. NBC News, 12 May 2021 Police found large amounts of drug paraphernalia inside the attic in plain view, such as scales, pipes, small plastic bags, glass vials, pills and bags with powder inside. cleveland, 6 May 2021 The result is then filtered several times more, eventually ending up as a milky solution that fills 10-L plastic bags. Time, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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“Plastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plastic. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for plastic

plastic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

plastic

adjective

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

: made or consisting of plastic
informal : not real or sincere
technical : capable of being made into different shapes

plastic

adjective
plas·​tic | \ ˈpla-stik How to pronounce plastic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce plastic (audio) \

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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