- 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
Synonyms for plastic
Origin of -plastic
Related Words for plasticelastic, molded, synthetic, bending, giving, yielding, ersatz, pseudo, phony, chemical, cast, substitute, ductile, pliable, pliant, resilient, supple, workable, moldable, fictile
Examples from the Web for plastic
Contemporary Examples of plastic
He was also a charismatic, telegenic speaker with a face improved by plastic surgery several years earlier.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
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
December 27, 2014
In his backpack, which police say he dropped before fleeing, they recovered three hammers in plastic wrapping.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of plastic
It had been well rubbed in, too, made of a plastic adherence by the addition of mucilage.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The plastic fingers were at work about her, moulding her into what she must be as a woman.A Spirit in Prison
The same fluency may be observed in every work of the plastic arts.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men in plastic sag-suits roved about as individuals, seeking what they might loot.Pariah Planet
Already there are holes in my plastic clothing where the beer splashes.The Flying Cuspidors
V. R. Francis
- of or relating to moulding or modellingthe plastic arts
- produced or apparently produced by mouldingthe plastic draperies of Giotto's figures
Word Origin for plastic
adj combining form
Word Origin for -plastic
1630s, "capable of shaping or molding," from Latin plasticus, from Greek plastikos "able to be molded, pertaining to molding, fit for molding," also in reference to the arts, from plastos "molded, formed," verbal adjective from plassein "to mold" (see plasma). Surgical sense of "remedying a deficiency of structure" is first recorded 1839 (in plastic surgery). Meaning "made of plastic" is from 1909. Picked up in counterculture slang with meaning "false, superficial" (1963). Plastic explosive (n.) attested from 1894.