plastic flow


deformation of a material that remains rigid under stresses of less than a certain intensity but that behaves under severer stresses approximately as a Newtonian fluid.

Nearby words

  1. plastic,
  2. plastic art,
  3. plastic bomb,
  4. plastic bullet,
  5. plastic explosive,
  6. plastic foam,
  7. plastic lymph,
  8. plastic money,
  9. plastic paddy,
  10. plastic pleurisy

Origin of plastic flow

First recorded in 1875–80

Also called plastic deformation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019