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Definition of the noun plaster

What does plaster mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: plasters

  1. a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic terms: mixture = a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together; covering material = a material used by builders to cover surfaces
    • more specific terms:
      • finishing coat / finish coat = the final coating of
      • grout = a thin mortar that can be poured and used to fill cracks in masonry or brickwork
      • pargetting / pargeting / parget = plaster used to coat outer walls and line chimneys
      • roughcast = a coarse plaster for the surface of external walls
      • spackling compound / spackle = powder (containing gypsum plaster and glue) that when mixed with water forms a plastic paste used to fill cracks and holes in plaster
      • stucco = a plaster now made mostly from Portland cement and sand and lime
  2. any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of plaster: plaster of Paris
    • more generic terms: calcium sulfate / calcium sulphate = a white salt
    • more specific word: gesso = gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding
    • substance: gypsum = a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters
  3. a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
  4. a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)
    • example: there were cracks in the plaster
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of plaster: plasterwork
    • more generic word: surface = the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
    • more specific words: pargetting / pargeting / pargetry = ornamental plasterwork
  5. adhesive tape used in dressing wounds

Alternative definition of the noun plaster


  1. [uncountable] A paste applied to the skin for healing or cosmetic purposes.
  2. [countable] [New Zealand, British] A small adhesive bandage to cover a minor wound; a sticking plaster.
  3. [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.
  4. [countable] A cast made of plaster of Paris and gauze; plaster cast.

Definition of the verb plaster

What does plaster mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: plastered | plastering | plasters

  1. apply a heavy coat to
  2. cover conspicuously or thickly, as by pasting something on
    • examples: The demonstrators plastered the hallways with posters | They plaster the doors with notices
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Destination]Jessica squirted water at me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Locative or Directional Preposition] [Destination]Paint sprayed onto the wall

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): brush, drizzle, hang, pump, rub, scatter, seed, sew, shower, smear, smudge, sow, spatter, splash, splatter, spray, spread, sprinkle, spritz, spurt, squirt, stick, strew, string, swab, wash, wrap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of plaster: beplaster
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  3. affix conspicuously
  4. apply a plaster cast to
    • example: plaster the broken arm
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  5. coat with plaster
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • domain: masonry
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of plaster: daub
    • more generic words: coat / surface = put a coat on; cover the surface of
    • more specific words:
  6. dress by covering with a therapeutic substance

Alternative definition of the verb plaster


  1. [transitive] To cover or coat something with plaster, or apply a plaster.
  2. [transitive] To hide or cover up, as if with plaster.

Phrases with plaster

Phrases starting with the word plaster:

  1. plaster cast
  2. plaster over
  3. plaster saint
  4. Plaster Beetle
  5. plaster bandage
  6. plaster of paris

Phrases ending with the word plaster:

  1. court plaster
  2. mustard plaster
  3. adhesive plaster
  4. lath and plaster
  5. sticking plaster


  1. Plaster is a Canadian electro-jazz/electro-rock band formed in 2001 in Montreal. Their sound has been compared to such artists as Amon Tobin, Kruder & Dorfmeister and Medeski Martin & Wood. The trio's debut album, First Aid Kit, was released on Nov 10, 2005 and won the ADISQ award for Best Electronic or Techno Album in 2006.
  2. Plaster is a music band.
    • album: "Soyuz EP"

There are other groups with plaster in their name, like Plaster of Paris.


  1. Plaster is a building material used for coating walls and ceilings. Plaster starts as a dry powder similar to mortar or cement and like those materials it is mixed with water to form a paste which liberates heat and then hardens. Unlike mortar and cement, plaster remains quite soft after setting, and can be easily manipulated with metal tools or even sandpaper. These characteristics make plaster suitable for a finishing, rather than a load-bearing material.
  2. Plaster a.k.a. PlÄster is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  3. Plaster: Substance intended for external application made of such materials and of such consistency as to adhere to the skin and attach to a dressing; plasters are intended to afford protection and support and/or to furnish an occlusion and macerating action and to bring medication into close contact with the skin.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for plaster

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Google previewBuilding Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching

Plaster refers to any of various mixtures applied in a pasty form to the surfaces of walls or ceilings in a plastic state and...

Gypsum plaster is a durable, relatively lightweight, and fire-resistant material that can be used on any wall orceiling ...

Google previewEuropean Building Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching, Mark Mulville

Plaster refers to any ofvarious mixtures applied in a pasty form to the surfaces ofwalls or ceilings in a plastic state and...

Gypsum plaster is a durable, relatively lightweight and fire-resistant material that can be used on any wall or ceiling ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

These fillets are to be well bedded in a rough plaster hereafter mentioned, when they are nailed on, so that there may be ...

Google previewThe Domestic Encyclopaedia; Or, A Dictionary of Facts, and Useful Knowledge (1803)

Comprehending a Concise View of the Latest Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements, Chiefly Applicable to Rural and Domestic Economy. Together with Descriptions of the Most Interesting Objects of Nature and Art; the History of Men and Animals, in a State of Health Or Disease; and Practical Hints Respecting the Arts and Manufactures, Both Familiar and Commercial, Illustrated with Numerous Engravings and Cuts in Five Volumes by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, James Mease

a term of extensive signification ; 352 PUT P Y R Plaster ...

Google previewPharmaceutical lexicon (1873)

(Plaster of Antimony.) To four ...

Google previewLexicon Medicum, Or, Medical Dictionary (1848)

Containing an Explanation of the Terms in Anatomy, Human and Comparative, Botany, Chemistry, Forensic Medicine, Materia Medica, Obstetrics, Pharmacy, Physiology, Practice of Physic, Surgery, Toxicology, and the Different Branches of Natural Sciences Connected with Medicine, Together with a Variety of Information on All These Subjects by Robert Hooper, Klein Grant

Having melted the plaster and lard together, and removed them from the fire, a little before they become solid, sprinkle in the blistering flies, and mix the whole together. See Blister and Cant/Ian's. EMPLASTRUM cans. Wax plaster. Emplastrum ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

' This is the plaster usually employed to raise a blister. It is of a softer consistence than the other plasters, that it may admit of being spread without the assistance of heat, ...

Google previewAmerican Edition of the British Encyclopedia (1821)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences ; Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

plaster wax, drawing. Emplastrum picis Burgundiex, Dubl. emplastrum picis Hurgundicx composit.

Google previewMedical Lexicon. A New Dictionary of Medical Science, containing a concise account of the various subjects and terms, ... and formulae for ... preparations etc. Third edition (1865)


Enrnss'rulm Cum'sr, C'um'min plaster, ( Cumin. Jemim, Curui szm., Lauri bacc., sing. _ iij, Picia aridlz, lbiij, Cerujlnvie, ...

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Scrabble value of P3L1A1S1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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