- 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 pasting
Almost every two-term president gets a pasting in the midterms, but Obama now faces lame-duck issues on an historic scale.Obama: Lamest Duck Ever?
November 6, 2014
He spent eight years cutting and pasting bakeries in different locations for [French bakery] Fauchon.First Cronuts, Now Sundaes in a Can
August 1, 2014
You have had a busy afternoon cutting and pasting and planning for the happiness of others.
Yes, Gene, I often try to draw and paint; but I am better at pasting than anything else.
But when the pasting together of their work began, there was an end of reading.Principle and Practice
What in thunder and lightning are you pasting those labels on your valise for?Peck's Bad Boy Abroad
George W. Peck
Marking forms from tablets and cutting and pasting them on backgrounds.Elementary Color
- slang a thrashing; heavy defeat
- 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 pasting
"to stick with paste," 1560s; see paste (n.). Related: Pasted; pasting.
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.
- A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.