a composition, as of lime or gypsum, sand, water, and sometimes hair or other fiber, applied in a pasty form to walls, ceilings, etc., and allowed to harden and dry.
a solid or semisolid preparation spread upon cloth, plastic, or other material and applied to the body, especially for some healing purpose.
to cover (walls, ceilings, etc.) with plaster.
to treat with gypsum or plaster of Paris.
to lay flat like a layer of plaster.
to daub or fill with plaster or something similar.
to apply a plaster to (the body, a wound, etc.).
to overspread with something, especially thickly or excessively: a wall plastered with posters.
to knock down or injure, as by a blow or beating.
to inflict serious damage or injury on by heavy bombing, shelling, or other means of attack.
- Also Archaic, plais·ter [pley-ster] /ˈpleɪ stər/ .
- plas·ter·er, noun
- plas·ter·i·ness, noun
- plas·ter·like, plas·ter·y, adjective
- re·plas·ter, verb (used with object)
- un·plas·ter, verb (used with object)
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How to use plaster in a sentence
"This house that you are living in belongs to Mucius Scaevola, the plasterer on the first floor," he said.An Episode Under the Terror | Honore de Balzac
Josh, the subject of Mr. Leckler's charitable solicitations, was the plantation plasterer.The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories | Paul Laurence Dunbar
Even Mr. Leckler, who had great faith in his plasterer's ability, marveled at the speed which he had acquired the three R's.The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories | Paul Laurence Dunbar
The ceiling looks in many places as smooth and white as though it had been under the trowel of the most skilful plasterer.Rambles in the Mammoth Cave, during the Year 1844 | Alexander Clark Bullitt
With the compassion of a kindly man in a plasterer's spattered suit of white, we did what we could, but it was very little.London Films | William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for plaster
a mixture of lime, sand, and water, sometimes stiffened with hair or other fibres, that is applied to the surface of a wall or ceiling as a soft paste that hardens when dry
British, Australian and NZ an adhesive strip of material, usually medicated, for dressing a cut, wound, etc
to coat (a wall, ceiling, etc) with plaster
(tr) to apply like plaster: she plastered make-up on her face
(tr) to cause to lie flat or to adhere
(tr) to apply a plaster cast to
(tr) slang to strike or defeat with great force
- plasterer, noun
- plastery, adjective
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