Plastic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈplæstɪk|  American pronunciation of the word plastic
Brit.  |ˈplastɪk|  British pronunciation of the word plastic


- 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
- a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered


- capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)(syn: fictile, moldable)
- capable of being influenced or formed(syn: pliant)
- forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning(syn: formative, shaping)


...Silly Putty is famous for being very plastic....

...there's usually a plastic cordiality at these corporate events...

The toy was made of plastic.

She used plastic to pay for her new computer.

'I haven't got any cash.' 'Don't worry, I'll stick it on the plastic (=pay for it using a credit card).'

Do they take plastic? (=can you pay using a credit card?)

I hate that plastic smile of hers.

plastic substances such as wax or clay

Paper, plastic, or other materials

A plastic model of the human heart

There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.

Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags.

Heat was used to bond the sheets of plastic together.

You may want to seal the windows with plastic to stop drafts.

...for certain types of materials that plastic wrap has very little cling...

Word forms

singular: plastic
plural: plastics
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