plastic

Plastic is a synthetic material that can be molded when soft and formed into a solid shape. Many toys are made out of plastic, like Barbie dolls and Lego blocks.

Plastic appears in many different forms, from beach balls to lawn chairs, grocery bags and much more. Credit cards, which are made of plastic, are called plastic, meaning payment that's not cash. You can also use plastic as an adjective to describe things that can be molded, like clay that's plastic in your hands, or to describe something that's artificial. For example, if a person is called plastic, he or she is probably fake or insincere.

Primary Meanings of plastic

1.
nadj
generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives
capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)
2.
n
a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered
Full Definitions of plastic
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n generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives

Types:
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ABS, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
any of a class of composite plastics used to make car bodies and cases for computers and other appliances
Mylar
a thin polyester film
thermoplastic, thermoplastic resin
a material that softens when heated and hardens again when cooled
thermosetting compositions, thermosetting resin
a material that hardens when heated and cannot be remolded
Bakelite
a thermosetting plastic used as electric insulators and for making plastic ware and telephone receivers etc.
Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene
a material used to coat cooking utensils and in industrial applications where sticking is to be avoided
Vinylite
any of various vinyl resins
resinoid
a plastic containing resins
amino plastic, amino resin, aminoplast
a plastic (synthetic resin) made from amino compounds; used as an adhesive and as a coating for paper and textiles
cellulosic
a plastic made from cellulose (or a derivative of cellulose)
coumarone resin, coumarone-indene resin
a thermoplastic resin obtained by polymerization of indene and coumarone; used in coatings and paint and asphalt tile
fluorocarbon plastic
a plastic made with fluorocarbon
phenolic plastic, phenolic urea
a plastic consisting of phenolic resins
polyester
a complex ester used for making fibers or resins or plastics or as a plasticizer
polypropene, polypropylene
a polymer of propylene used as a thermoplastic molding material
polyvinyl-formaldehyde
a polymer of vinyl formaldehyde
silicone resin
a polymeric silicone compound
vinyl
shiny and tough and flexible plastic; used especially for floor coverings
saran
any of various thermoplastic resins used to make things
celluloid
highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
Type of:
solid
matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

adj capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)

plastic substances such as wax or clay”
Synonyms:
fictile, moldable
elastic
capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

adj forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

Synonyms:
formative, shaping
constructive
constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

adj capable of being influenced or formed

“the plastic minds of children”
Synonyms:
pliant
impressible, impressionable, waxy
easily impressed or influenced
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n a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered

“do you take plastic?”
Synonyms:
charge card, charge plate, credit card
Types:
bank card
a credit card issued by a bank
calling card, phone card
a card that is used instead of cash to make telephone calls
cash card, cashcard
a credit card that entitles the holder to receive cash
Type of:
positive identification
evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance
charge account credit, open-end credit, revolving credit
a consumer credit line that can be used up to a certain limit or paid down at any time

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