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Definition of plastic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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
  2. 2plastics [uncountable] the science of making plastics
  3. 3[uncountable] (informal) a way of talking about credit cards Do they take plastic?
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