- a pasty mixture, as of lime or gypsum, sand, and water, which hardens on drying, for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions
- plaster of Paris
- a pasty preparation spread on cloth and applied to the body, used medicinally as a curative or counterirritant
Origin of plasterMiddle English from Old English plaster and Old French plastre, both from Late Latin plastrum, for Classical Latin emplastrum from Classical Greek emplastron, plaster from emplassein, to daub over from en, on, in + plassein, to form: see plastic
- to cover, smear, overlay, etc. with or as with plaster
- to apply, affix, or display, esp. in a careless or excessive way: posters plastered all over town
- to make lie smooth and flat
- to apply plaster of Paris as a treatment
- Informal to affect or strike with force
- A mixture of lime or gypsum, sand, and water, sometimes with fiber added, that hardens to a smooth solid and is used for coating walls and ceilings.
- Plaster of Paris.
- A pastelike mixture applied to a part of the body for healing or cosmetic purposes.
- Chiefly British An adhesive bandage.
verbplas·tered, plas·ter·ing, plas·ters
- To cover, coat, or repair with plaster.
- To cover or hide with or as if with a coat of plaster: plastered over our differences.
- To apply a plaster to: plaster an aching muscle.
- a. To cover conspicuously, as with things pasted on; overspread: plaster the walls with advertising.b. To affix conspicuously, usually with a paste: plaster notices on all the doors.
- To make smooth by applying a sticky substance: plaster one's hair with pomade.
- To make adhere to another surface: “His hair was plastered to his forehead” ( William Golding )
- Informal a. To inflict heavy damage or injury on.b. To defeat decisively.
Origin of plasterMiddle English from Old English medical dressing and from Old French plastre cementing material both from Latin emplastrum medical dressing from Greek emplastron from emplassein to plaster on en- in, on ; see en- 2. plassein to mold ; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural plasters)
- (uncountable) A paste applied to the skin for healing or cosmetic purposes.
- (countable, New Zealand, UK) A small adhesive bandage to cover a minor wound; a sticking plaster.
- (uncountable) A mixture of lime or gypsum, sand, and water, sometimes with the addition of fibres, that hardens to a smooth solid and is used for coating walls and ceilings.
- (countable) A cast made of plaster of Paris and gauze; plaster cast.
- (uncountable) plaster of Paris.
(third-person singular simple present plasters, present participle plastering, simple past and past participle plastered)