- a mixture of flour and water, often with starch or the like, used for causing paper or other material to adhere to something.
- any soft, smooth, and plastic material or preparation.
- dough, especially when prepared with shortening, as for making pie crust and other pastry: puff paste.
- any of various semisoft fruit confections of pliable consistency: almond paste; guava paste.
- a preparation of fish, tomatoes, or other food reduced to a smooth, soft mass, as for a relish or for seasoning.
- a mixture of clay, water, etc., for making pottery or porcelain.
- a brilliant, heavy glass, as strass, used for making artificial gems.
- an artificial gem of this material.
- Slang. a hard smack, blow, or punch, especially on the face.
- Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.Compare cut(def 42).
Origin of paste
Examples from the Web for paste
Labels will give you artist bios—with a quick copy and paste, you could provide that info to us, too!25 Things I Want from an Online Music Service (and Almost Never Get)
June 30, 2014
Headache—Take the rinds of a couple of lemons and squash it into a paste.
Whiter Teeth—Make a paste by crushing some basil leaves with the zest of an orange.
I paste my walls with maps, drawings, lines of poetry, and sketch out a vague structure.Ma Jian: How I Write
June 12, 2013
The regime does not paste over the clean windows of the upper class.Gay Syrian Blogger a Hoax?
June 6, 2011
What may be done with bits of paste not utilized in making pies?
When éclairs are desired, make the paste as for cream puffs.
Butter a deep dish, and line the bottom and sides of it with paste.
If wrapped in paste, it will not be done in less than five hours.
Butter the sides of a pot, and line them with paste nearly to the top.
- a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
- an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
- a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
- any of various sweet doughy confectionsalmond paste
- dough, esp when prepared with shortening, as for making pastry
- Also called: strassa hard shiny glass used for making imitation gems
- an imitation gem made of this glass
- the combined ingredients of porcelainSee also hard paste, soft paste
- (often foll by on or onto) to attach by or as if by using pastehe pasted posters onto the wall
- (usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesivehe pasted the wall with posters
- (tr) slang to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly
Word Origin and History for paste
c.1300 (mid-12c. as a surname), "dough," from Old French paste "dough, pastry" (13c., Modern French pâte), from Late Latin pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste" (see pasta). Meaning "glue mixture" is first attested mid-15c.
"hit hard," 1846, probably an alteration of baste "beat" (see lambaste). Related: Pasted; pasting.
"to stick with paste," 1560s; see paste (n.). Related: Pasted; pasting.
- A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.