plastic Definition

  • 1a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers that can be molded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form
  • 2capable of being molded or modeled, especially of a soft material such as clay
  • 3easily influenced; impressionable

Using plastic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "plastic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The chair is made of plastic.

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    The plastic bag is not biodegradable.

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    The artist created a plastic sculpture.

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    The company has a plastic approach to customer service.

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    She had a plastic personality and easily adapted to new situations.

plastic Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for plastic

Idioms Using plastic

  • a forced or insincere smile


    She put on a plastic smile for the camera.

  • a term used to describe something that is superficially attractive but lacking in substance or depth


    The new car looks great, but it's just another plastic fantastic product.

  • a world characterized by artificiality, superficiality, and insincerity


    She felt like she was living in a plastic world where nothing was real.

Phrases with plastic

  • surgery to improve or restore the appearance or function of a particular body part, especially by the transfer of tissue


    She underwent plastic surgery to fix her nose.

  • art forms that involve modeling or molding materials such as clay or plaster


    She studied plastic arts in college.

  • credit cards or other forms of payment that are not physical currency


    He prefers to use plastic money instead of cash.

Origins of plastic

from Greek 'plastikos', meaning 'capable of being shaped or molded'


Summary: plastic in Brief

The term 'plastic' [ˈplæstɪk] refers to a synthetic material made from organic polymers that can be molded into shape. It also describes the ability to be molded or modeled, and the impressionable nature of people. Examples include 'The chair is made of plastic,' and 'She had a plastic personality.' Phrases like 'plastic surgery' and idioms like 'plastic smile' extend the term into medical and social contexts.

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