Meaning of PASTE in English


I. ˈpāst noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin pasta dough, paste, perhaps from Greek pastē barley sauce, from feminine of pastos sprinkled, salted, from passein to sprinkle — more at quash



(1) : a dough containing a large proportion of fat that is used for pastry crust

(2) : a dough containing a moderate proportion of fat that is used for fancy rolls (as brioches)

b. : a confection made by evaporating fruit with sugar or by flavoring a gelatin, starch, or gum arabic preparation

c. : a soft or doughy mixture used as bait in fishing

d. : a smooth food product made by evaporation or grinding

almond paste

tomato paste

sardine paste


[translation of Italian pasta ]

: alimentary paste

2. : a soft plastic mixture or composition: as


(1) : a preparation usually of flour or starch and water used as a cement for uniting paper or other substances (as in bookbinding)

(2) : a similar preparation used in calico printing as a vehicle for mordant or color

b. : a moistened clay mixture that is used in making pottery or porcelain — see hard paste , soft paste

c. : an external medicament that has a stiffer consistency than an ointment but is less greasy because of its higher percentage of powdered ingredients

d. : a mixture of a pigment and a paint vehicle that requires the addition of more vehicle before it can be used

e. : a mixture of cement and water : the cement and water portion of mortar or concrete

3. : material , stuff

a man of a different paste — Robert Browning

4. : a brilliant glass of high lead content used for the manufacture of artificial gems ; also : an imitation gem made of this material — called also strass

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to cause to adhere by or as if by means of paste : stick

a poster that had just been pasted on a pillar of the general post office — O.S.J.Gogarty

a wry grin pasted onto his dirty face — William Chamberlain

b. : spread

gave him bread, and pasted the butter upon it very thickly — Louis Golding

the lamps along the river pasted long oily golden tracks on the water — R.H.Newman


a. : to cover by or as if by pasting

the ceiling is pasted with labels of liquor brands — This Week in Chicago

b. : to repair (a target) for reuse by pasting paper over bullet holes

3. : to incorporate (as a color in dyeing) with a paste : apply paste to

4. : to convert into a paste

the dry powder is first pasted with cold water — Encyc. of Chem. Technol.

intransitive verb

: to apply paste : paste something

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: modification of Middle French passe, part of a woman's hat that shades the face, from passer to pass

: a woman's ornamental headdress of the 16th century

IV. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: alteration of baste (to beat)

1. : to hit hard : punch

brutally pasting him into a blubbering wreck — Hartley Howard

2. : to strike hard at : deliver a blow or series of blows against

that time they pasted the command post — Fred Majdalany

V. noun

( -s )

: a hard blow or punch

a paste in the jaw

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.