Definition of "plastic" []

  • Capable of being shaped or formed: plastic material such as clay. See Synonyms at malleable. (adjective)
  • Relating to or dealing with shaping or modeling: the plastic art of sculpture. (adjective)
  • Having the qualities of sculpture; well-formed: "the astonishing plastic beauty of the chorus girls” ( Frank Harris). (adjective)
  • Giving form or shape to a substance: the plastic forces that create and wear down a mountain range. (adjective)
  • Easily influenced; impressionable. (adjective)
  • Any one of a large number of synthetic usually organic materials that have a polymeric structure and can be moulded when soft and then set, esp such a material in a finished state containing plasticizer, stabilizer, filler, pigments, etc. Plastics are classified as thermosetting (such as Bakelite) or thermoplastic (such as PVC) and are used in the manufacture of many articles and in coatings, artificial fibres, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Made of plastic (adjective)
  • Easily influenced; impressionable (adjective)
  • Capable of being moulded or formed (adjective)
  • Of or relating to moulding or modelling (adjective)
  • Produced or apparently produced by moulding (adjective)
  • Having the power to form or influence (adjective)
  • Of or relating to any formative process; able to change, develop, or grow (adjective)
  • Of or relating to plastic surgery (adjective)
  • Superficially attractive yet unoriginal or artificial (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "plastic" in a sentence
  • "Although almost all the talks given at the conference were about plastic pollution in our oceans, the resulting "Honolulu Strategy Document" from the conference doesn't use the term plastic pollution once."
  • "Before going further, we first had to narrow the topic by differentiating among the wide spectrum of procedures that are often lumped together under the term plastic surgery."
  • "Sadly while Iain Dale may have invented Blogging, he is certainly not the inventor of the term plastic poll card as he claimed yesterday, and again back in 2006 when he puts the date of this achievement as "way back in July" 2005 when preparing a speech with David Davis for the second reading of the iD Cards Bill."