Complete Definition of "plastic"

English

Etymology
From L. term|plasticus||of molding|langla, from Gk. term|ÏλαÏÏικÏÏ|trplastikos|langel, from term|ÏλάÏÏειν|trplassein||to mold, form|lang=el.

The common sense of plastic as a material was derived by shortening the term thermoplastic, a term used to describe that subset of common plastics that soften when heated. (The other major subset of plastics is the thermosetting plastics, Bakelite being the best known example.

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-æstɪk|-æstɪk

Noun
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  1. A stiff but usually slightly flexible synthetic material, generally consisting of a hydrocarbon-based polymer.
  2. Any similar synthetic material.
  3. slang credit card|credit or debit cards used in place of cash to buy goods and services.

Translations
trans-top|a stiff but usually slightly flexible synthetic material
Chinese: t|cmn|å¡æ|scHani|xsMandarin (sùliào)
Croatian: t-|hr|plastika|f
Dutch: t+|nl|plastic, t|nl|plastiek|n, t+|nl|kunststof|c
Finnish: t+|fi|muovi
French: t+|fr|plastique|f
Galician: t-|gl|plástico|xs=Galician m
German: t+|de|Plastik|n, t|de|Kunststoff f
Greek: t|el|ÏλαÏÏικÏ|sc=Grek n
Icelandic: t-|is|plast|n
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Italian: t+|it|plastica|f
Japanese: t-|ja|ãã©ã¹ããã¯|sc=Jpan (purasuchikku)
Korean: t-|ko|íë¼ì¤í±|sc=Hang (peullaseutik)
Portuguese: t-|pt|plástico m
Russian: t|ru|плаÑÑмаÑÑа|sc=Cyrl (plastmássa) f
Spanish: t-|es|plástico m
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trans-top|any similar synthetic material
Croatian: t-|hr|plastika|f
Czech: umÄlá hmota f, plast m
Dutch: t+|nl|plastic, t+|nl|kunststof|c
Finnish: t+|fi|muovi
Galician: t-|gl|plástico|xs=Galician m
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German: t+|de|Plastik|n
Portuguese: t-|pt|plástico m
Spanish: t-|es|plástico m
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trans-top|credit cards or debit cards
Finnish: muovi italbrac|slang, maksukortti, luottokortti
German: t+|de|Plastikgeld|n
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Icelandic: t-|is|plast|n
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Adjective
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  1. Of or pertaining to the inelastic, non-brittle, deformation of a material.
  2. Capable of adapting to varying conditions: ecologically plastic animals,see Charles Darwin: Origin of Species.
  3. Constructed of plastic.
  4. Inferior or not the real thing; ersatz italbrac|especially when made of plastic instead of an alterate material.

Antonyms
elastic

Related terms
plasticity

Translations
trans-top|Of or pertaining to the inelastic, non-brittle, deformation of a material
Dutch: plastisch
Finnish: t-|fi|muovinen
German: plastisch
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trans-top|Capable of adapting to varying conditions
Finnish: plastinen, mukautuva
German: plastisch
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Spanish: t-|es|maleable
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trans-top|Constructed of plastic
Dutch: t+|nl|plastic
Finnish: t-|fi|muovinen
French: t+|fr|plastique
German: Plastik- italbrac|in compound words
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Spanish: t-|es|de plástico
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