• Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior
    Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plaster dress by covering with a therapeutic substance
    • v plaster coat with plaster "daub the wall"
    • v plaster apply a heavy coat to
    • v plaster apply a plaster cast to "plaster the broken arm"
    • v plaster affix conspicuously "She plastered warnings all over the wall"
    • v plaster 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"
    • n plaster adhesive tape used in dressing wounds
    • n plaster a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling) "there were cracks in the plaster"
    • n plaster 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.
    • n plaster a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings
    • n plaster 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
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Here, This Plaster Has Got to Be Removed 111 Here, This Plaster Has Got to Be Removed 111
Her foot held fast in a panful of plaster Her foot held fast in a panful of plaster

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster
    • Plaster A composition of lime, water, and sand, with or without hair as a bond, for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions of houses. See Mortar.
    • Plaster (Med) An external application of a consistency harder than ointment, prepared for use by spreading it on linen, leather, silk, or other material. It is adhesive at the ordinary temperature of the body, and is used, according to its composition, to produce a medicinal effect, to bind parts together, etc.; as, a porous plaster; sticking plaster .
    • Plaster Calcined gypsum, or plaster of Paris, especially when ground, as used for making ornaments, figures, moldings, etc.; or calcined gypsum used as a fertilizer.
    • Plaster Fig.: To smooth over; to cover or conceal the defects of; to hide, as with a covering of plaster.
    • Plaster To cover with a plaster, as a wound or sore.
    • Plaster To overlay or cover with plaster, as the ceilings and walls of a house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Puritans had such an obsessive fear of masturbation that almost any means were used to curtail the practice. For instance, some doctors recommended covering the penis with plaster of Paris.
    • n plaster In pharmacy, a solid compound intended for external application, adhesive at the temperature of the human body, and requiring to be softened by heat before being spread.
    • n plaster A composition of lime water, and sand, with or without hair for binding, well mixed so as to form a kind of paste, and used for coating walls and partitions of houses.
    • n plaster Calcined gypsum or calcium sulphate, used, when mixed with water, for finishing walls, for molds, ornaments, casts, luting, cement, etc. Plaster used as a ground for painting in distemper is un-burned, and of two kinds, one coarse and one of a finer quality. Both are made from white alabaster, but the latter, which is used also as a ground for gilding, and for working ornaments in relief, is more carefully prepared than the former. The plaster used for taking casts from life or from statues is always burned.
    • n plaster Calcined gypsum—that is, gypsum from which the water has been driven off by heat : used in building and in making casts of busts and statues, etc. When diluted with water into a thin paste, plaster of Paris sets rapidly, and at the instant of setting expands or increases in bulk; hence this material becomes valuable for filling cavities, etc., where other earths would shrink.
    • plaster To apply a medicative plaster to; cover with a plaster: as, to plaster a wound.
    • plaster To cover or overlay with plaster, as the walls of a house, partitions, etc.
    • plaster To bedaub or besmear: as, to plaster the face with powder.
    • plaster To fill or cover over with or as with plaster; hide; gloss: with up.
    • plaster To treat with plaster; add gypsum to: as, to plaster vines by dusting them with gypsum in order to prevent rot or mildew of the berries; to plaster wines by adding gypsum in order to neutralize acid or produce other fancied benefits.
    • n plaster In a general sense, calcium sulphate, whether deprived by heat of its water of crystallization or not, as, for instance, the crust of hydrated calcium sulphate which forms on salt-boilers' pans, or natural gypsum used as a fertilizer and known as land-plaster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gold leaf is attached to paper or plaster with egg whites, the same now as in ancient times
    • n Plaster plas′tėr something that can be moulded into figures: a composition of lime, water, and sand for overlaying walls, &c.:
    • adj Plaster made of plaster
    • v.t Plaster to cover with plaster: to cover with a plaster, as a wound: to besmear:
    • n Plaster plas′tėr (med.) a medicinal agent consisting of an adhesive substance spread upon cloth or leather, so as to stick to the part of the body to which it is applied
    • v.t Plaster (fig.) to smooth over
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  • William James
    “It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.”
  • Proverb
    “Plaster thick, some will stick.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS., a plaster (in sense 1), fr. L. emplastrum, Gr. , , fr. to daub on, stuff in; in + to mold: cf. OF. plastre, a plaster (in sense 2), F. plâtre,. Cf. Plastic Emplaster Piaster


In literature:

Metal lath and plaster or a good grade of plaster wall board is preferred.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
The best houses have neither paint, whitewash, plaster, bricks nor windows, nor any visible roofs.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
Thick compositions or putty fillers are composed of whiting and plaster, or similar powders having little or no colour.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
Even before this an old plaster-covered house, still standing, became haunted.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
To make a plaque, it is almost necessary to have a plaster mould.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII: No. 356, October 23, 1886." by Various
Fascinated, I watched it, recognising Grue with his ratty black hair all plastered over his face.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
The plaster casts had been made while the concreting process was worked out.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
When H. rushed in I was crawling out of the plaster, digging it out of my eyes and hair.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
I noticed the plaster walls.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
There was a further painting upon plaster in distemper, of which some few traces remain.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke

In poetry:

A land of leaning ice
Hugged by plaster-grey arches of sky,
Flings itself silently
Into eternity.
"North Labrador" by Harold Hart Crane
"On your bosom wear this plaster,
'Twill defend you from the cold;
In your pipe smoke this canaster,
Smuggled 'tis, my love, and old.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Within the plaster'd wall, near by,
I heard a grinding, ringing tone -
A mouse was gnawing at a board;
That was the sound, and that alone.
"A Dream" by Thomas Frederick Young
The "age demanded" chiefly a mould in plaster,
Made with no loss of time,
A prose kinema, not, not assuredly, alabaster
Or the "sculpture" of rhyme.
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
The dark retreated; the morning spread;
His creatures their shapes resume;
The plaster stares dumb-white and dead;
A faint blue liquid bloom
Lies on each marble bosom and head;
To his Psyche clings the gloom.
"The Unseen Model" by George MacDonald
You throw yourself, despairing, on your narrow little bed,
Or pace the room till someone starts with ‘Skit! cat!—skit!’
And then lie blindly staring at the plaster overhead—
You are hit, old man—hard hit.
"Rejected" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Each prosthetic student has their own tools, their own space where they can modify plaster models.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday plastered large billboards in key locations thanking Iran for its help during a recent eight-day battle against Israel.
Residents of the Gaza Strip have plastered large billboards in key locations thanking Iran for its help during a recent eight-day battle against Israel.
Post & Mail photo / Robin R Plasterer: Dave Pearson explains the architect's rendering of Churubusco's Main Street Project to business owners and representatives, from left to right, Ken Hill, Miles Wilson and Pete Allen.
These days, belly fat captures so much attention that it's plastered on the covers of most health and fitness magazines.
After four years, Mayor Martin O'Malley's Believe campaign is beyond ubiquitous, its logo plastered across trash cans, buildings, T-shirts--anything not moving, basically, and quite a few things that are.
Plaster models of heads show different parts of the brain.
Dallas has a wealth of plaster bulls scattered around town, by which we mean two.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists have been plastering posters across much of the country urging Egyptians to vote "yes" and listing what they call the advantages of the new charter.
HPD Sgt Stacey Suro plastered risque photos on
New Test Methods for Self- Leveling Mortars Containing Gypsum Plaster.
In California, a surveillance photo made the news and was plastered all over the liquor store where it was snapped.
Plaster sentenced to 55 years in prison for criminal sexual assault, related charges.
IONIA COUNTY — Robert Plaster could spend 55 years behind bars for first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six other charges.
Exactly 10 years ago, with protesters in Tiananmen Square, a small grassy triangle in the center of Beijing University became a shrine to democracy, plastered with tracts about liberty and freedom.