Meaning of PLASTIC in English


I. plas ‧ tic 1 S2 W2 /ˈplæstɪk/ BrE AmE noun

1 . [uncountable and countable] a light strong material that is produced by a chemical process, and which can be made into different shapes when it is soft:

children’s toys made of plastic

the plastics industry

2 . [uncountable] informal small plastic cards that are used to pay for things instead of money SYN credit cards :

‘I haven’t got any cash.’ ‘Don’t worry, I’ll stick it on the plastic (=pay for it using a credit card) .’

Do they take plastic? (=can you pay using a credit card?)

II. plastic 2 BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: plasticus 'of shaping' , from Greek plastikos , from plassein 'to shape, form, plaster' ]

1 . made of plastic:

a plastic spoon

plastic bags

2 . technical a plastic substance can be formed into many different shapes and keeps the shape it is formed into until someone changes it

3 . something that is plastic looks or tastes artificial or not natural:

plastic food

I hate that plastic smile of hers.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.