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Definitions of plastic

  1. capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material); "plastic substances such as wax or clay" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. capable of being influenced or formed; "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. used of the imagination; "material...transformed by the plastic power of the imagination"--Coleridge Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. a substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties of plastic are used to produce articles of commerce (after 1900). [MW10 gives origin of word as 1905] Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; - used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. a substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties of are used to produce articles of commerce (after 1900). [MW10 gives origin of word as 1905] Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Capable of being formed or molded; as, clay is plastic; giving form to matter; as, plastic art; quick to receive impressions; as, a plastic mind. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Plastically. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Plasticity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Admitting of plastic surgery; easily formed. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  14. Moulding: having power to give form: capable of being moulded. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Forming; moulding; that may be moulded. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Tending to shape or mold. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Capable of being molded. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Pertaining to molding. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Having the power of giving form; capable of being moulded; formative, specially by modelling in solid, as distinct from graphic, which is simply delineative. Plastic-clay, one of the beds of the eocene period, used in making pottery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Susceptible of being moulded or modelled, as clay; having power to give form to matter; pert. to modelling; produced by, or appearing as produced by, moulding or modelling. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Formative; substances used in forming or building up tissues or organs; force which gives matter definite form. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  22. [Greek] Formative; appl. substances used in forming or building up tissues or organs; appl. force which gives matter definite form (phys.). na
  23. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; -- used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child. mso.anu.edu.au
  24. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  25. plas'tik, adj. having power to give form to: capable of being moulded: of or pertaining to moulding.--ns. PLASTIC'ITY, state or quality of being plastic; PLASTIL[=I]'NA, a modelling clay which remains soft and plastic for a considerable time; PLASTOG'RAPHY, imitation of handwriting. [Gr. plastikos--plassein, to mould.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. That which forms, or serves to form. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  27. Forming; formative; forming or building up tissue, as P. foods, P. exudate; repairing injuries or deformities by forming new parts, as P. operation, P. surgery; of pathological processes, forming new tissue, especially adhesions, as P. iritis. P. force, the force supposed to reside in all living bodies and to effect the formation of their tissues and organs. na
  28. Readily molded. na
  29. Moulding, giving form to clay, wax, &c.; p. arts, those concerned with modelling, e. g. sculpture, ceramics; p. surgery (repairing deficiency of structure); causing growth of natural forms, formative, procreative; (fig.) formative of immaterial things; produced by moulding; capable of being (easily) moulded; p. clay (Geol.), middle group of Eocene beds; (fig.) pliant, supple; (Biol.) capable of forming living tissue, (also) accompanied by this process, as p. bronchitis. Hence plastically adv., plasticity n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Tending to build up tissues. American pocket medical dictionary.
  31. Formative (said of lymph, etc.). See Plastic surgery, under surgery. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. Capable of being easily molded. [Gr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.

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