Definition of plaster noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈplɑːstə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstər//
    Medical equipment, Describing architecture, Construction
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  1. 1[uncountable] a substance made of lime, water and sand, that is put on walls and ceilings to give them a smooth hard surface an old house with crumbling plaster and a leaking roof Wordfindercement, construction, foundation, girder, joist, masonry, plaster, rubble, scaffolding, site See related entries: Describing architecture, Construction
  2. 2(less frequent plaster of Paris) [uncountable] a white powder that is mixed with water and becomes very hard when it dries, used especially for making copies of statues or holding broken bones in place a plaster bust of Julius Caesar (British English) She broke her leg a month ago and it's still in plaster.
  3. 3(also sticking plaster) (both British English) (also Band-Aid™ North American English, British English) [countable, uncountable] a piece of material that can be stuck to the skin to protect a small wound or cut; this material Wordfinderbandage, bleed, bruise, fracture, hurt, injury, plaster, sore, swell, wound CollocationsInjuriesBeing injured have a fall/​an injury receive/​suffer/​sustain a serious injury/​a hairline fracture/(especially British English) whiplash/​a gunshot wound hurt/​injure your ankle/​back/​leg damage the brain/​an ankle ligament/​your liver/​the optic nerve/​the skin pull/​strain/​tear a hamstring/​ligament/​muscle/​tendon sprain/​twist your ankle/​wrist break a bone/​your collarbone/​your leg/​three ribs fracture/​crack your skull break/​chip/​knock out/​lose a tooth burst/​perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/​hip/​jaw/​shoulder bruise/​cut/​graze your arm/​knee/​shoulder burn/​scald yourself/​your tongue bang/​bump/​hit/ (informal) bash your elbow/​head/​knee (on/​against something)Treating injuries treat somebody for burns/​a head injury/​a stab wound examine/​clean/​dress/​bandage/​treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/​torn ligament/​tendon/​cartilage amputate/​cut off an arm/​a finger/​a foot/​a leg/​a limb put on/ (formal) apply/​take off (especially North American English) a Band-Aid™/(British English) a plaster/​a bandage need/​require/​put in/ (especially British English) have (out)/ (North American English) get (out) stitches put on/​rub on/ (formal) apply cream/​ointment/​lotion have/​receive/​undergo (British English) physiotherapy/(North American English) physical therapy See related entries: Medical equipment
  4. Word OriginOld English, denoting a bandage spread with a curative substance, from medieval Latin plastrum (shortening of Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron ‘daub, salve’), later reinforced by the Old French noun plastre. Senses 1 and 2 date from late Middle English.Extra examples Apply the plaster evenly. Each blow of the hammer removed a great chunk of plaster. Her broken leg was put in a plaster cast. Plaster was peeling off the ceiling. Your arm will have to be in plaster for at least six weeks. Cut off a small piece of plaster. Have you got any plasters? I’ve cut my finger.
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