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noun 
  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: 
  • Dutch: kunststof(nl, plastic}}, {{t+, nl)c
  • French: plastique(fr)f
  • German: Plastikgeld(de)n
  • Italian: plastica(it)f
  • Spanish: plí¡stico {{m(es)
adjective 
  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).
Translations: 
  • Dutch: plastic(nl)
  • German: Plastik- (italbrac, in compound words)
  • Spanish: de plí¡stico(es)
  • French: plastique(fr)
Etymology: From (term, plasticus, , of molding, lang=la), from (term, , tr=plastikos, lang=el), from (term, , tr=plassein, , 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.


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