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



    BrE BrE//ˈplæstɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæstɪk//
    Waste and pollution, Materials and properties
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable, usually plural] a light strong material that is produced by chemical processes and can be formed into shapes when heated. There are many different types of plastic, used to make different objects and fabrics. The pipes should be made of plastic. a sheet of clear plastic the plastic industry chairs made from plastic dashboards moulded in plastic See related entries: Waste and pollution, Materials and properties
  2. 2 plastics [uncountable] the science of making plastics
  3. 3[uncountable] (informal) a way of talking about credit cards Do they take plastic?
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘characteristic of moulding’): from French plastique or Latin plasticus, from Greek plastikos, from plassein ‘to mould’.
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