• WordNet 3.6
    • n plasticizer a substance added to plastics or other materials to make them more pliable
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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.


In literature:

He drew and painted, played and composed, at intervals; but plastic art seemed to have the strongest hold upon him.
"Denzil Quarrier" by George Gissing
The future of plastic art, of music, painting, and even architecture, has set in satiric.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Vittoria had not grown, probably never would grow, to be so plastic off the stage.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
She is plastic in my hands.
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
He found the little sculptor dressed and roaming fretfully about the melancholy room in which he and his plastic off-spring lodged together.
"The Hermit and the Wild Woman and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
His soul had lost the plasticity of imagination.
"Back to God's Country and Other Stories" by James Oliver Curwood
The right kind of humility in Monty would have found her plastic.
"Brewster's Millions" by George Barr McCutcheon
She was a child of impulse, sensitive and plastic.
"A Texas Ranger" by William MacLeod Raine
Three years of such companionship at that plastic and impressionable age were bound to leave in the boy a profound mistrust of life.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
She began to feel a contentment in her limbs, in her body, because of the plastically beautiful position which she had assumed.
"Mogens and Other Stories" by Jens Peter Jacobsen

In poetry:

As mind and soul matter surpass
And error flies from truth,
So should we train the nobler parts
Of plastic, trusting youth.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Or Buonarroti's plastic hand
Made marble block from Massa's steep
Dawn into Day at his command,
Then plunged it into Night and Sleep.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Hence, if belated drops yet fall
From heaven, on these her plastic power
Still works as once it worked on all
The glad rush of the golden shower.
"The Meteorite" by C S Lewis
'Tis when wi' powerful plastic hand
Thou wav'st thy magic-working wand;
And stirring up ideas grand
That fire the brain,
Aff whirl'st me swith to fairy land
'Mang fancy's train.--
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
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
He fixed thee mid this dance
Of plastic circumstance,
This Present, thou, forsooth, wouldst fain arrest:
Machinery just meant
To give thy soul its bent,
Try thee and turn thee forth, sufficiently impressed.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

In news:

It was a small, unassuming, black plastic dish I might have overlooked had it not come with an ominous warning.
Local high schools and causes drive pride in plastic.
Since the filters are made with a plastic that isn't biodegradable, many cities have launched clean-up efforts to keep them off the streets.
The Polyure-thanes Business Unit of the American Plastics Council ( APC ) will now be known as the Alliance for the Poly-urethanes Industry (API).
It sounds counterintuitive, like suggesting plastic fruit might whet our taste for real apples and bananas.
Yoko Ono peers through holes, reaches back to a plastic past.
It is deceptively simple in its casing — a 2.8 ounce plastic tag, color coded to a corresponding number.
All over my neighborhood are plastic bags filled with newspaper advertising.
Oranges a building block for 'greener' plastic.
A promising plastic without petroleum.
Plastics Technology, Jim Frankland, President from Frankland Plastics Consulting, LLC.
Clean the repair area with a plastic solvent and press the plastic welder to the edges of the crack.
Here's board-certified plastic surgeon (and author of In Stitches ) Dr Anthony Youn's take on the hottest not-so-hot trends in plastic surgery.
Shark Industries's Pro- Tack Plastic Welder comes with seven staple shapes that penetrate into the plastic of many products, including bumpers.
Plastics Technology recently visited Taiwan for a preview of new equipment to be introduced at the 12th Taipei International Plastics & Rubber Industry Show ( Taipei Plas), March 5-9.

In science:

It is based on scintillating plastic tiles read out by silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), while steel or tungsten can be used as absorber material with a thickness of 16 mm and 10 mm, respectively.
Status of the CALICE analog calorimeter technological prototypes
Synapses with short-term plasticity are optimal estimators of presynaptic membrane potentials.
Dynamic State Estimation Based on Poisson Spike Trains: Towards a Theory of Optimal Encoding
Triesch, A gradient rule for the plasticity of a neuron’s intrinsic excitability.
Generating functionals for autonomous latching dynamics in attractor relict networks
Each small segmented plastic scintillator can be directly read out by a PPD without a large dead volume coming from the readout.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
Introduction Fueled by advances in severe plastic deformation , there has been much recent discussion about computing the equivalent strain e in simple shear.
Equivalent Strain in Simple Shear Deformations