Definitions of plastic

  1. generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e. g. coatings and adhesives
  2. a substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties of are used to produce articles of commerce ( after 1900). [ MW10 gives origin of word as 1905]
  3. Plasticity.
  4. Plastically.
  5. capable of being molded or modeled ( especially of earth or clay or other soft material); " plastic substances such as wax or clay"
  6. used of the imagination; " material... transformed by the plastic power of the imagination"-- Coleridge
  7. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator.
  8. a substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties of plastic are used to produce articles of commerce ( after 1900). [ MW10 gives origin of word as 1905]
  9. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; - used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child.
  10. Pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of, molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if produced by, molding or modeling; - said of sculpture and the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the graphic arts.
  11. Capable of being formed or molded; as, clay is plastic; giving form to matter; as, plastic art; quick to receive impressions; as, a plastic mind.
  12. Moulding: having power to give form: capable of being moulded.
  13. Forming; moulding; that may be moulded.
  14. Tending to shape or mold.
  15. Capable of being molded.
  16. Susceptible of being moulded or modelled, as clay; having power to give form to matter; pert. to modelling; produced by, or appearing as produced by, moulding or modelling.
  17. Formative; substances used in forming or building up tissues or organs; force which gives matter definite form.
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