- concerned with or pertaining to molding or modeling; sculptural.
- relating to three-dimensional form or space, especially on a two-dimensional surface.
- pertaining to the tools or techniques of drawing, painting, or sculpture: the plastic means.
- characterized by an emphasis on formal structure: plastic requirements of a picture.
Origin of plastic
OTHER WORDS FROM plasticplas·ti·cal·ly, plas·tic·ly, adverbnon·plas·tic, adjective, nounun·plas·tic, adjective
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Other definitions for plastic (2 of 2)
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How to use plastic in a sentence
In the early 2000s, a wave of sock manufacturers closed, followed by food-processing plants, plastics plants, automotive plants, and lightbulb factories.
Also, in plastics, you know — quite often plastics are very hard to recycle because in just one little whatever cup, they use three different plastics, which actually cannot be taken apart in the recycling circle.
The results from a week’s worth of testing showed above-average levels of chemical compounds that come from burning petroleum-based products like oil, fuel or plastics.
Also, please don’t dispose of your recyclables in plastic garbage bags.Environment Report: Size Doesn’t Always Matter Under New Parks Plan|MacKenzie Elmer|July 13, 2020|Voice of San Diego
This tent of plastic sheeting covers a patient’s head and shoulders.Tackling the novel coronavirus calls for novel ideas|Kathiann Kowalski|May 7, 2020|Science News For Students
He was also a charismatic, telegenic speaker with a face improved by plastic surgery several years earlier.
The taste of metal cutlery after years of plastic can also taste funny.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Internet chatter rose to a deafening roar as speculation began about what—plastic surgery?Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To begin with, the bar was of pinkish sandstone, smoothed and covered by a coating of plastic.Fee of the Frontier|Horace Brown Fyfe
For these, plastic natures have been substituted, but still without anything being gained.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Chrome dinettes and plastic furniture are manufactured in plants located at Marion.
The sheets of rubber from which the uppers and soles are cut are at this stage of the work plastic and very sticky.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
Art has flourished in Virginia from the handicraft of the early days to the plastic sculpturing of the present.
British Dictionary definitions for plastic (1 of 2)
- of or relating to moulding or modellingthe plastic arts
- produced or apparently produced by mouldingthe plastic draperies of Giotto's figures