- plas•tic[[t]ˈplæs tɪk[/t]] n.1) chem. any of a group of synthetic or natural organic materials that may be shaped when soft and then hardened, including many types of resins, resinoids, polymers, cellulose derivatives, casein materials, and proteins2) cvb a credit card, or credit cards collectively3) credit represented by the use of credit cards4) an object or objects made of plastic5) chem. made of plastic6) capable of being molded7) produced by molding8) having the power to mold or shape material:the plastic forces of nature[/ex]9) fia concerned with or pertaining to molding or modeling; sculptural10) pliable; impressionable:the plastic mind of youth[/ex]11) artificial or synthetic12) insincere; phony:a plastic smile[/ex]13) pertaining to the use of credit cards:plastic credit[/ex]14) mec phs able to deform continuously and permanently without rupturing15) bio pat Biol.formative 3)16) srg of or pertaining to plastic surgery•Etymology: 1625–35; < L plasticus that may be molded < Gk plastikós. See -plast, -ic plas′ti•cal•ly, plas′tic•ly, adv.
From formal English to slang. 2014.
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