[ plas-ter-ing, plah-ster- ]
/ ˈplæs tər ɪŋ, ˈplɑ stər- /


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

Nearby words

  1. plaster cast,
  2. plaster of paris,
  3. plasterboard,
  4. plastered,
  5. plasterer,
  6. plasterwork,
  7. plastic,
  8. plastic art,
  9. plastic bomb,
  10. plastic bullet

Origin of plastering

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


[ plas-ter, plah-ster ]
/ ˈplæs tər, ˈplɑ stər /


verb (used with object)

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

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British Dictionary definitions for plastering


/ (ˈplɑːstərɪŋ) /


a coating or layer of plaster


/ (ˈplɑːstə) /



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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for plastering


[ plăstər ]


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

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