Definitions of plaster

  1. adhesive tape used in dressing wounds
  2. a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
  3. coat with plaster; " daub the wall"
  4. cover conspicuously, as by pasting something on; " The demonstrators plastered the hallways with posters"
  5. a hardened surface of plaster ( as on a wall or ceiling); " there were cracks in the plaster"
  6. a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings
  7. any of several gypsum cements; a white powder ( a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs
  8. dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
  9. apply a heavy coat to
  10. apply a plaster cast to; " plaster the broken arm"
  11. affix conspicuously; " She plastered warnings all over the wall"
  12. An external application of a consistency harder than ointment, prepared for use by spreading it on linen, leather, silk, or other material. It is adhesive at the ordinary temperature of the body, and is used, according to its composition, to produce a medicinal effect, to bind parts together, etc.; as, a porous plaster; sticking plaster.
  13. A composition of lime, water, and sand, with or without hair as a bond, for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions of houses. See Mortar.
  14. Calcined gypsum, or plaster of Paris, especially when ground, as used for making ornaments, figures, moldings, etc.; or calcined gypsum used as a fertilizer.
  15. To cover with a plaster, as a wound or sore.
  16. To overlay or cover with plaster, as the ceilings and walls of a house.
  17. Fig.: To smooth over; to cover or conceal the defects of; to hide, as with a covering of plaster.
  18. A mixture of lime, sand, and water for coating walls; a cloth coated with a sticky medical substance and applied to some part of the body as a remedy; as a porous plaster: plaster of paris, a paste made of gypsum and water which soon hardens: used for casts, moldings, etc.
  19. Made of such a pasty substance.
  20. To overlay or cover with, or as with, a mixture of lime, sand, and water; as, to plaster the wall.
  21. Plasterer.
  22. A solid preparation which can be spread when heated, and which becomes adhesive at the temperature of the body; plasters are used to keep the edges of a wound in apposition, to protect raw surfaces, and, when medicated, to redden or blister the skin or to apply drugs to the surface to obtain their systemic effects; for the official plasters, see emplastrum.
  23. A cloth covered with a medicated resinous substance, as belladonna plaster.
  24. Something that can be moulded into figures: a composition of lime, water, and sand for overlaying walls, etc.: ( med.) an external application spread on cloth, etc.
  25. Made of plaster.
  26. To cover with plaster: to cover with a plaster, as a wound.
  27. Kind of mortar for overlaying walls; gypsum; drugs spread on cloth for external use.
  28. To cover with plaster, or a plaster.
  29. To overlay or treat with plaster; put a plaster on.
  30. A composition of lime, sand, and water for coating walls.
  31. Calcined gypsum for making sculptors casts, etc.
  32. A viscid substance spread upon cloth, for healing purposes.
  33. A composition of lime, water, and sand, for coating walls; a substance, generally gypsum, for casts; an application of an adhesive nature spread on cloth, & c.
  34. To overlay walls with plaster; to cover a wound with a plaster. Plaster of Paris, a composition of gypsum, used in casting busts and statues.
  35. A composition of lime, water, and sand for coating walls and ceilings; a material, calcined gypsum, of which mouldings, casts, & c., are formed; an adhesive substance spread on leather or cloth for applying to sores or wounds.
  36. To overlay with plaster; to cover with plaster, as a wound; to smooth over; to cover over or conceal defects.
  37. Made or consisting of plaster.

Usage examples for plaster

  1. Another equally charming plaster house was " too far out." – If You're Going to Live in the Country by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  2. There may be forty or fifty houses, mere square boxes of mud or plaster, mixed with old Roman stones, about twelve feet high, and containing perhaps a hundred inhabitants. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  3. She came in here " with the lath and plaster," as Sin Saxon had said. – A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life. by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  4. They make plaster of Paris impressions of these tracks. – The School Book of Forestry by Charles Lathrop Pack
  5. McWhirter went back to his hospital, the day after our struggle, wearing a strip of plaster over the bridge of his nose and a new air of importance. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  6. The material to be plaster, made of the shells of those oysters with which Virginia shall have paid her public debt. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  7. She was free of the plaster and she could move about in bed easily. – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed
  8. San Remo has many pleasant walks, in valleys full of lemon trees, as at Menton, or up mountains covered with olive trees, generally on terraces built up with low stone walls without plaster. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  9. " Timothy Toplady was puttin' out his middle finger stiff here an' there on the plaster. – Friendship Village by Zona Gale
  10. I made my first attempts upon a skull, to which I attached a plaster- of- Paris model of the voicebox, the whole being fastened to an iron stand. – The Mechanism of the Human Voice by Emil Behnke
  11. He then drew the sides of the wound together and strapped them with plaster. – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  12. The chancellor has sent her out a list of statues, which are to be so exactly imitated in plaster as to leave the difference of materials only. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. The living room may carry out the panel and plaster effect, but is more likely to demand a simple paper of good quality with no border. – The Complete Home by Various
  14. It was pretty well known that Hyacinth was a friend of Miss Goold's, and it was rumoured that he had earned his piece of sticking- plaster in her defence. – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham
  15. In a few days the Jew left his bed with a large plaster on his nose, and although I was generally regarded as the author of his misfortune the matter was gradually allowed to drop, as there were only vague suspicions to go upon. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  16. " The General had a very narrow escape from falling plaster; never thought to leave the first hotel alive. – Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror by Richard Linthicum Trumbull White Samuel Fallows
  17. Mrs. Ashby took charge of Elizabeth, and washed her face; then placed a strip of court plaster over the cut to keep it clean. – Polly in New York by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  18. Ah well, I know you are hopelessly lost, since you got out of those plaster casts and those bones and muscles into that- What do you call that place, where able- bodied young men, strong and fit for work, sit all day drawing mannikins! – Fragments of an Autobiography by Felix Moscheles
  19. I had got into that young girl's place and she was in mine, and a teinty bit of court- plaster that I had put on the corner of my mouth, where the skin had been a trifle rubbed, was sticking right on the plumpest part of his under lip. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  20. At the bottom of the smooth plaster wall there was a brick pulled out to make a sluice for the bath water, and as Rikki- tikki stole in by the masonry curb where the bath is put, he heard Nag and Nagaina whispering together outside in the moonlight. – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling