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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.


Plaster is a music band.

  • albums: "Soyuz EP", "Monad XV"


  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, 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 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 previewBuilding Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching

Gypsum plaster is a durable, relatively lightweight, and fire-resistant material that can be used on any wall orceiling surfacethat is not subject to moist or wet conditions. Portland cement plaster, also known as stucco, is used on exterior walls ...

Google previewMouldMaking and Casting (2013)

by Nick Brooks

Plaster is a versatile and accurate mouldmaking medium. It is also relatively cheap and fast to use compared with most other moulding processes. Casting plaster is a gypsumbased material that reconstitutes to a hard, durable medium when ...

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 previewThe Builder's Dictionary: Or, Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

'Burnt Plaster is the Native calcin'd like Lime in a Kiln or Furnace, pulveriz'd or diluted with Water or other Liquid in working it. In this State it is us'd as Mortar or Cement in Building. It being well sifted and re- due'd to an impalpable Powder, it is ...

Google previewPeripheral Nervous System Diseases: Advances in Research and Treatment: 2011 Edition (2012)


plaster is a cost-effective treatment for postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) relative to gabapentin or pregabalin. However ...

Google previewA translation of the eight books ... (1840)

by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, Leonardo Targa, G. F. Collier

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 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 previewBLADE's Guide to Making Knives (2012)

by Joe Kertzman

Once the plaster is the right consistency, tilt your casting flask so that you can slowly pour the investment down the inside of the flask and not directly onto the wax model. You don't want to dislodge it or break off the sprue from the base or your ...

Google previewSustainable Residential Interiors (2011)

by Kari Foster, Annette Stelmack, Debbie Hindman

Traditional Venetian plaster is an earth-friendly, mineral-based option that dries to an inert, no-VOC, nonallergenic surface. The lime and marble or mineral content varies by blend. Synthetic acrylic resins or pigments are often added, but ...

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 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 (1867)

by Chapin Aaron Harris, Ferdinand James Samuel Gorgas

Court plaster. EMPLASTRUM AMMONI'ACI. ammoniac plaster. EMPLASTRUM AMMONIACI CUM HYDRAR' GYRo. Lond. A plaster composed of ammoniac, mercury, olive oil, and sulphur.

Google previewA Dictionary of Terms Used in Medicine and the Collateral Sciences (1865)

by Richard Dennis Hoblyn

Plaster of Ammoniac with Mercury. R. Ammoniac, Ibj.: Mercury, ]§iij.; Olive oil, f£j-; Sulphur, gr. viij. Heat the oil, and gradually add the sulphur, constantly stirring until they unite; then add the mercury, and triturate until globules no longer appear ...

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 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 previewA Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2012)

by Francis D. K. Ching

three-coat plaster Plasterwork applied in three successive ...

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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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