• WordNet 3.6
    • adj plastic forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning "a formative influence","a formative experience"
    • adj plastic capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material) "plastic substances such as wax or clay"
    • adj plastic capable of being influenced or formed "the plastic minds of children","a pliant nature"
    • n plastic 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 "do you take plastic?"
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The United States produces enough plastic film annually to cover the entire state of Texas
    • Plastic Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; -- used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child.
    • Plastic Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. "See plastic Nature working to his end."
    • Plastic 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. "Medallions . . . fraught with the plastic beauty and grace of the palmy days of Italian art."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average North American car contains 300 pounds of plastics
    • plastic Capable of molding or of giving form or fashion to a mass of matter; having power to mold.
    • plastic Capable of being modeled or molded into various forms, as plaster, clay, etc.; hence, capable of change or modification; capable of receiving a new bent or direction: as, the mind is plastic in youth.
    • plastic Pertaining to or connected with modeling or molding; produced by or characteristic of modeling or molding: as, the plastic art (that is, sculpture in the widest sense, as distinguished from painting and the graphic arts).
    • plastic In biology, specifically, plasmic
    • plastic Applied by Liebig to the proteid constituents of animal food as serving to form the principal tissues of the body, in contradistinction to the non-nitrogenous portion of the food, which he called respiratory as serving for the production of bodily heat by their oxidation.
    • plastic Capable of receiving and of responding to environmental impulses which induce more or less rapid evolution of an organism as a whole or of certain of its organs: the opposite of conservative and persistent.
    • n plastic The art. of modeling or molding; sculpture.
    • n plastic A molder; a modeler; a statuary.
    • n plastic The commercial name for any one of a class of substances, such as celluloid or viscose, which are worked into shape for use by molding or pressing when in a plastic condition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more plastic flamingos in America than real ones
    • adj Plastic plas′tik having power to give form to: capable of being moulded: of or pertaining to moulding
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  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last!”
  • Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    “The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.”


Plastic smile - When someone is wearing a plastic smile, they are appear to be happier with a situation or events than they actually are. This is actually a description of the forced smile you might see in many photographs.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. plasticus, Gr. , fr. to form, mold: cf. F. plastique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. plastikosplassein, to mould.


In literature:

As soon as the wax had softened to the plasticity of dough she kneaded the pieces together.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
So soon as your guests realise the plastic possibilities before them, a great silence, a delicious absorption comes over them.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Civilisations and individuals inclining to erotic male friendships are endowed with great plastic talent.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
I'd have to take the plastic away and it couldn't be done without smashing things.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They played upon the plastic imagination of princes, by rapid transition from terror to enthusiasm.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Canova also trusted chiefly to the plastic sense to create the form.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
He rinsed a plastic cup cap from an empty whisky bottle and put it down beside a deep bowl of water.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
The spaceman vanished into an inner room and reappeared in a moment lugging a plastic case called a space pack, or "spack" for short.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
He set the plastic block in a container which would raise it very, very gradually to a specific temperature and hold it there.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
There is something that creates and makes matter plastic to its will.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
There were new tourists under the thousand-foot plastic dome.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Unlike the stolid Englishman he is plastic, adaptable and imaginative.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Passing the galley, he snatched up several plastic packages of food.
"Treachery in Outer Space" by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
The establishment of a plastic consistency in the mass is the condition precedent of the higher development.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
The young man was plastic clay to be moulded by a firm grasp.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
The sun was almost gone; lights were appearing inside the plastic shielding.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Long strings of plastic objects, strung like beads on shipping cords.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Then he took a slip of plastic out of a slot in the bottom.
"The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
But what kind of plastic goes to pieces like that?
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
He reached into the plastic container and drew forth a handful of brownish objects that smelled to Kieran like dried fruit.
"The Stars, My Brothers" by Edmond Hamilton

In poetry:

The rudiments of empire here
Are plastic yet and warm;
The chaos of a mighty world
Is rounding into form!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Whether amid the leafy wildness
Of Bashan's sturdy oaks and pines,
Or 'midst the sheen and plastic mildness
Where art presides and genius shines.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
"Meanwhile, the sport of seeming chance,
The plastic shapes of circumstance,
What might have been we fondly guess,
If earlier born, or tempted less.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll,
On plastic clay and leathern scroll,
Man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed,
And to! the Press was found at last!
"The Library" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Know, 'twas not you yourselves that made
Those curious forms, without his aid;
But, from the dust, his plastic hand
His sheep, and little children, plann'd.
"Psalm C" by Rees Prichard
God gave thee Reason, and with wond'rous pow'r
In his own likeness form'd with plastic hand :
Thou'rt therefore bound his wisdom to adore,
Who so surprizingly thy members plann'd!
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Concern is heating up over whether common industrial chemicals found in plastics and other consumer goods could be harming our kids.
Woman finds 200 plastic forks sticking up on her lawn.
Most of us use the Auto Club card for late-night tow-truck adventures or discounts at El Torito, but that little piece of plastic can also open a cell door.
One has a yellow and green plastic drum base with a blue drum surface.
Plastics Technology Issue: January 2012.
Other toys associated with the film include a plastic sword with "dueling sound effects" and a plush stuffed bear.
Remove any paper or plastic material between the braid and the conductors.
Plastic air breather can be used on reservoirs from 5 to 105 gal.
Plastic mastery remember that night i thought i was going to die.
The procedure was actually discovered by plastic surgeons, after several patients told them their migraine headaches had disappeared after surgery.
What's Wrong with Colored Gravel, Plastic Plants, and Bubbling Divers.
From the sexiest singers to biggest big screen bombshells, these 12 Hollywood starlets have been speculated to have undergone plastic surgery, but not all of them have, according to a top plastic surgeon.
Martin offers both injection molded plastic and machined plastic manufacturing for a diverse range of applications.
Some folks place the soil to be reused in clean plastic pots and the pots into thick plastic bags for sterilization .
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova calls Heidi Montag a "cheap plastic pool float" and has harsh words for fellow plastic sur gery patients Madonna and Kate Hudson as well.

In science:

Because the main ob jective of the beam test was to measure the sensitivity, in the energy regime of interest, of the PoGO technique of Compton polarimetry, the prototype only included the fast plastic scintillators.
Beam Test of a Prototype Detector Array for the PoGO Astronomical Hard X-Ray/Soft Gamma-Ray Polarimeter
P describes the irreversible plastic deformation.
Stress-free states of continuum dislocation fields: Rotations, grain boundaries, and the Nye dislocation density tensor
Villa, On a phase diagram for timing dependent plasticity.
Merging percolation on $Z^d$ and classical random graphs: Phase transition
First experiments with plastic parts will be conducted.
Design of a Three-Axis Isotropic Parallel Manipulator for Machining Applications: The Orthoglide
The new plastic base of the scintillator material and the new production technology of tiles yields a 97% reflection efficiency from the scintillator surface, and strongly improves the reproduction quality (see Fig. 6) of the tiles.
An Improved Shashlyk Calorimeter
Each microtrack pair is connected across a plastic base to form the base track. A set of connected base tracks forms a volume track.
Atmospheric neutrino and Long Baseline neutrino experiments
The theory of fluid, elastic, viscous and plastic media refers to the model (S .0 ).
The d'Alembert-lagrange principle for gradient theories and boundary conditions
The goal of this prototype is to study the backgrounds and particularly the surface contamination of plastic scintillators.
BiPo prototype for SuperNEMO radiopurity measurements
Plastic scintillators are very radiopure and reduce the backscattering of electrons.
BiPo prototype for SuperNEMO radiopurity measurements
Figure 2: BiPo detection principle with plastic scintillators and time signal seen with PMTs.
BiPo prototype for SuperNEMO radiopurity measurements
Particle identification in the plastic scintillator could help to sign the BiPo process and reject random coincidences of γ .
BiPo prototype for SuperNEMO radiopurity measurements
Particles identification with simple plastic scintillators enhance the performances of the prototype.
BiPo prototype for SuperNEMO radiopurity measurements
Based on earlier contact simulation observations7,40 and the fact that dislocations carry plastic deformation, we focus upon dislocations.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
Indeed, we find that with the stress oriented in the [111] direction, the microscopic mechanism for plastic deformation is the same as was previously observed7,40 with the stress in the [100] direction.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
However, in nanoscale metals, plasticity is often controlled by the nucleation of dislocations, rather than by their motion.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au