Meaning of PLASTIC in English

PLASTIC

transcription, транскрипция: [ plæstɪk ]

( plastics)

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

1.

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

2.

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

...plastic airline food...

ADJ [ disapproval ]

3.

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.

N-UNCOUNT

4.

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

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

ADJ

• plas‧tic‧ity

...the plasticity of the flesh.

N-UNCOUNT

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