Meaning of PLASTIC in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ plæstɪk ]

( plastics)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Plastic is a material which is produced from oil by a chemical process and which is used to make many objects. It is light in weight and does not break easily.

...a wooden crate, sheltered from wetness by sheets of plastic...

A lot of the plastics that carmakers are using cannot be recycled.

...a black plastic bag.

N-MASS : oft N n


If you describe something as plastic , you mean that you think it looks or tastes unnatural or not real.

...plastic airline food...

ADJ [ disapproval ]


If you use plastic or plastic money to pay for something, you pay for it with a credit card instead of using cash. ( INFORMAL )

Using plastic to pay for an order is simplicity itself.



Something that is plastic is soft and can easily be made into different shapes.

The mud is smooth, gray, soft, and plastic as butter.


• plas‧tic‧ity

...the plasticity of the flesh.


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