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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.


Who is plaster?

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.

There are other people with plaster in their name, like Cynthia Plaster Caster.


Plaster is a music band.

  • albums: "Soyuz EP", "Monad XV"

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 is manufactured as a dry powder and is mixed with water to form a paste when used. The reaction with water liberates heat through crystallization and the hydrated plaster then hardens. Plaster can be relatively easily worked with metal tools or even sandpaper. These characteristics make plaster suitable for a finishing, rather than a load-bearing material.
    • also known as Sádra, Gesso, Escayola, Gips, Pleister (bouw), Plâtre
  2. Plaster a.k.a. Plåster 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.

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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for plaster

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Google previewRSMeans Cost Data, + Website (2012)

by Means Engineering

Vermiculite plaster is a fire-retardant plaster covering used on steel beams, concrete slabs and other heavy construction materials. Vermiculite is a group name for certain clay minerals, hydrous silicates or aluminum, magnesium and iron that ...

Google previewRSMeans Cost Data (2012)

by RSMeans

Vermiculite plaster is a fire-retardant plaster covering used on steel beams, concrete slabs and other heavy construction materials. Vermiculite is a group name for certain clay minerals, hydrous silicates or aluminum, magnesium and iron that ...

Google previewQuantity Surveyor's Pocket Book (2009)

by Duncan Cartlidge

Undercoats Browning plaster is an undercoat plaster for moderate suction solid backgrounds that have a good mechanical key, such as brickwork or blockwork. A slow setting variety is available that gives greater time for application. Bonding ...

Google previewEstimator's Pocket Book (2013)

by Duncan Cartlidge

Undercoats ' Browning plaster is an undercoat plaster for moderate—suction solid back' grounds that have a good mechanical key, such as brickwork or blockwork.

Board finishing plaster is a oneacoat plaster for skim coats to plasterboard.

Google previewInterior Design Illustrated (2012)

by Francis D. K. Ching, Corky Binggeli

S Plaster is a composition ofgypsum or lime, water, sand, and sometimes otherfiher; it is applied in a pasty form to the...

Google previewMaking Better Buildings (2014)

A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors by Chris Magwood, Jen Feigin

Control layers: • Water — Plaster is the most common water control layer for bale walls, but it is not ideally suited for climates or locations with high precipitation levels. As a water control layer, most plasters benefit from the use of potassium ...

Google previewThe Mariner's Magazine (1669)

Or, Sturmy's Mathematical and Practical Arts. Containing, the Description and Use of the Scale of Scales; it Being a Mathematical Ruler, that Resolves Most Mathematical Conclusions: and Likewise the Making and Use of the Crostaff, Quadrant, and the Quadrat, Nocturnals, and Other Most Useful Instruments for All Artists and Navigators ... by Samuel Sturmy

Another excellent fort of Salt peter is made on flower tfiat is called Plaster that groweth on Walls four parts, of Unflak'd Lime one part, and ...

Google previewSilos (1948)

types and construction by James Robert McCalmont

Cement plaster is the most suitable and lasting. The plastering should be done in two coats, the first about one-half inch thick, the next one-quarter to three-eighths inch thick. For the first coat use 1 part cement to 2 parts clean sharp sand and ...

Google previewA Translation of the Eight Books of Aul. Corn. Celsus on Medicine (1831)

by Aulus Cornelius Celsus

Philocrates' plaster is the best for the former case ; that of Hecateus for the latter. 36. In wounds of every kind when it is our object to promote cicatrization, (a process which becomes necessary after the ulcers have been thoroughly cleansed, ...

Google previewInterior Construction & Detailing for Designers & Architects (2013)

by David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ Certification No. 9425

Plaster Partition Components Plaster is a cementitious material that is applied to a surface in a plastic state and subsequently sets, or hardens, to a rigid state. The most common plasters used to day for interior finishing are some combination ...

Google previewGrave Doubts (2009)

A Quin and Morgan Mystery by John Moss

The plaster is a good imitation, slaked lime with horsehair binding, aged well, and layered with paint and paper. A lot of thought went into this project. The only woodwork that shows — the baseboard across the bottom where the door had ...

Google previewAmerican Architect and Architecture (1892)

AOAMANT WALL PLASTER Is the Best Material for Wells and Ceilings ever put Best for the Owner. before the public. Best for the Plasterer. Best for the Contractor. Its growth in popularity in the four years it has been upon the market, and the ...

Google previewThe Big Book of Lionel (2011)

The Complete Guide to Owning and Running America's Favorite Toy Trains, Second Edition by Robert Schleicher

The plaster is a special product called Hydrocal that sets nearly rock hard. Dry Hydrocal is essentially alabaster. Hydrocal plaster is strong enough to be self- supporting, especially when reinforced with gauze. Since no wire screen is needed, ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

London — Ammoniacal plaster with mercury. 'lake of purified ammoniacum a pound, purified mercury three ounces, sulphurated oil a fluid drachm. Rub the mercury with the sulphurated oil until the globules no longer appear; then gradually ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Medical Terminology, Dental Surgery, and the Collateral Sciences (1882)

by Chapin Aaron Harris

A plaster. A solid glutinous compound which, at the ordinary temperature of the body, adheres to the part on which it is placed. Emplastrum Adhse'sivum. Emplastrum retinas. Resin plaster ; adhesive plaster. Emplastrum Adhse'sivum An'- ...

Google previewPharmaceutical lexicon (1873)

(Plaster of Antimony.) To four ...

Google previewLexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary ... Fourth edition (1839)

by Robert HOOPER (M.D.), Klein Grant

A plaster. Plasters are compon of nnctuous substances, ...

Google previewThe New London Medical and Surgical Dictionary, Etc (1826)

by J. S. Forsyth

A plaster. Plasters are composed of unctuous substances, unitcd either to powders or metallic oxydes, &c.

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 previewA Dictionary of Dental Science, Biography, Bibliography and Medical Terminology (1854)

by Chapin A. HARRIS

A plaster. A solid glutinous compound, which at the ordinary temperature of the body, adheres to the part on which it is placed. Earns-mum Anrraz'srvum. Emplaatrum resinw. Resin plaster; adhesive plaster.

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, ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

plaster 3. Calcined gypsum or calcium sulphate, used, when mixed with water, for finishing walls, for molds, ornaments, casts, luting, cement, etc. Plaster used as a ground for painting in distemper is un- bnrned, and of two kinds, one coarse ...

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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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