plasticity

[ pla-stis-i-tee ]
/ plæˈstɪs ɪ ti /

noun

the quality or state of being plastic.
the capability of being molded, receiving shape, or being made to assume a desired form: the plasticity of social institutions; the great plasticity of clay.

Nearby words

  1. plastic surgeon,
  2. plastic surgery,
  3. plastic wood,
  4. plastic wrap,
  5. plasticine,
  6. plasticize,
  7. plasticizer,
  8. plasticky,
  9. plasticly,
  10. plastics

Origin of plasticity

First recorded in 1775–85; plastic + -ity

Related formsnon·plas·tic·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for plasticity

plasticity

/ (plæˈstɪsɪtɪ) /

noun

the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
(in pictorial art) the quality of depicting space and form so that they appear three-dimensional
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Word Origin and History for plasticity

plasticity

1782, from plastic + -ity.

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