Plaster - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈplæstər|  American pronunciation of the word plaster
Brit.  |ˈplɑːstə|  British pronunciation of the word plaster


- a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings
- 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
- 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. (syn: cataplasm, poultice)
- a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)
there were cracks in the plaster
- adhesive tape used in dressing wounds


- apply a heavy coat to
- cover conspicuously or thickly, as by pasting something on
The demonstrators plastered the hallways with posters
She let the walls of the apartment be beplastered with stucco
- affix conspicuously
She plastered warnings all over the wall
- apply a plaster cast to
plaster the broken arm
- coat with plaster (syn: daub)
- dress by covering with a therapeutic substance (syn: poultice)

Extra examples

...put a plaster on the burn and don't touch it...

We plastered and sanded the walls before painting them.

They plastered the walls with posters.

Someone had plastered a political poster on the wall.

His clothes were plastered to his body from the rain.

He plastered his hair down with gel.

The holes in the wall had been plastered over / up so that they didn't show.

She gave the man five shillings to plaster the blow.

The boy was plastering butter on his bread.

Your boots are plastered with mud.

The whole city was plastered with advertisements for the show.

The rain had plastered her hair to her forehead.

Her face was plastered with make-up.

The windows were plastered with notices.

The news of the wedding was plastered all over the papers (=was the main story in the newspapers).

Word forms

I/you/we/they: plaster
he/she/it: plasters
present participle: plastering
past tense: plastered
past participle: plastered
singular: plaster
plural: plasters
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