Meaning of PASTE in English

PASTE

/ peɪst; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ sing. ] a soft wet mixture, usually made of a powder and a liquid :

She mixed the flour and water to a smooth paste.

2.

[ C ] (especially in compounds) a smooth mixture of crushed meat, fish, etc. that is spread on bread or used in cooking

3.

[ U ] a type of glue that is used for sticking paper to things :

wallpaper paste

4.

[ U ] a substance like glass, that is used for making artificial jewels , for example diamonds

■ verb

1.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to stick sth to sth else using glue or paste :

He pasted the pictures into his scrapbook.

Paste the two pieces together.

Paste down the edges.

2.

[ vn ] to make sth by sticking pieces of paper together :

The children were busy cutting and pasting paper hats.

3.

( computing ) to copy or move text into a document from another place or another document :

[ vn ]

This function allows you to cut and paste text.

[ v ]

It's quicker to cut and paste than to retype.

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Old French , from late Latin pasta medicinal preparation in the shape of a small square, probably from Greek pastē , (plural) pasta barley porridge, from pastos sprinkled.

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