[plas-ter-ing, plah-ster-]


the process of working with plaster.
a coating of plaster.
a decisive defeat; drubbing.

Origin of plastering

1375–1425; late Middle English (gerund). See plaster, -ing1


[plas-ter, plah-ster]


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.
powdered gypsum.
a solid or semisolid preparation spread upon cloth, plastic, or other material and applied to the body, especially for some healing purpose.

verb (used with object)

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.
  1. to defeat decisively; trounce; drub.
  2. to knock down or injure, as by a blow or beating.
  3. to inflict serious damage or injury on by heavy bombing, shelling, or other means of attack.

Origin of plaster

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin plastrum plaster (both medical and building senses), aphetic variant of Latin emplastrum < Greek émplastron salve, alteration of émplaston, neuter of émplastos daubed; see em-2, -plast
Related formsplas·ter·er, nounplas·ter·i·ness, nounplas·ter·like, plas·ter·y, adjectivere·plas·ter, verb (used with object)un·plas·ter, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plastering

Contemporary Examples of plastering

Historical Examples of plastering

  • This we also burnt with fire, after we had protected the fresh flint by plastering it with clay.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • For Blink was plastering him with the water-marks of joy and anxiety.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • With the plastering of this mud the careful circularity of the work begins.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • He was fixing a board to put over a hole in the plastering in his chamber.

    Freaks of Fortune

    Oliver Optic

  • In one or two instances the remains of a fine coat of plastering was noticed.

British Dictionary definitions for plastering



a coating or layer of 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 plastershe 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
Derived Formsplasterer, nounplastery, adjective

Word Origin for plaster

Old English, from Medieval Latin plastrum medicinal salve, building plaster, via Latin from Greek emplastron curative dressing, from em- + plassein to form
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Word Origin and History for plastering



late Old English plaster "medicinal application," from Vulgar Latin plastrum, shortened from Latin emplastrum "a plaster" (in the medical as well as the building sense), from Greek emplastron "salve, plaster" (used by Galen instead of more usual emplaston), noun use of neuter of emplastos "daubed on," from en- "on" + plastos "molded," from plassein "to mold" (see plasma). The building construction material is first recorded in English c.1300, via Old French plastre, from the same source, and in early use the English word often had the French spelling.



"to coat with plaster," early 14c., from plaster (n.) and partly Old French plastrier "to cover with plaster" (Modern French plâtrer), from plastre (see plaster (n.). Related: Plastered; plastering. Figurative use from c.1600. Meaning "to bomb (a target) heavily" is first recorded 1915. Sports sense of "to defeat decisively" is from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

plastering in Medicine




Plaster of Paris.
A pastelike mixture applied to a part of the body for healing or cosmetic purposes.
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