- 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
Definition for plastic (2 of 2)
Origin of -plastic
Examples from the Web for plastic
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
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|Jacob Siegel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here and there were little bloodstains, just below the surface of his skin, and he had no more hair than a plastic ball.Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet|Harold Leland Goodwin
He is an educator, and is dealing with the most plastic and most valuable asset in the community—boyhood.The Boy and the Sunday School|John L. Alexander
The wind plays strange pranks with snow; snow is the most plastic medium it has to mould into images and symbols of its moods.Over Prairie Trails|Frederick Philip Grove
It was evolved as the molecule evolves protoplasm and from a plastic cell developeth primordial germs.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches|Henry A. Castle
We said once before that stereoscopic arrangements could reproduce somewhat this plastic form also.The Photoplay|Hugo Mnsterberg
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
Word Origin for plastic
British Dictionary definitions for plastic (2 of 2)
adj combining form
Word Origin for -plastic
Word Origin and History for plastic (1 of 2)
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.