Definition of paste in English:

paste

noun

mass noun
  • 1A thick, soft, moist substance typically produced by mixing dry ingredients with a liquid.

    ‘blend onions, sugar, and oil to a paste’
    • ‘Next add the ginger, turmeric and oil and work the ingredients into a thick brown paste.’
    • ‘As with all the Deities of this pilgrimage, it is covered in a thick coating of sandalwood paste which is re-applied several times a day.’
    • ‘Add all the other ingredients except the tomato paste and herbs, bring to the boil, then simmer gently, stirring occasionally for two to three hours.’
    • ‘Michael sat her down on a stool before the fire and told her what he needed, and she produced a little stone jar of thick amber paste.’
    • ‘Inquiries regarding the basic ingredients of the meat paste were not addressed directly, rather the previous comment was reissued.’
    • ‘In the past, stone presses inefficiently coaxed oil from thick olive paste.’
    • ‘The sweet version is also delicious, as the soft rice and bean paste seem to melt together.’
    • ‘Its thick, sweet paste of a sesame sauce overwhelmed the innocent vegetable.’
    • ‘One of the biggest changes that Hogwarth has seen over the years is a move away from royal icing to softer sugar paste.’
    • ‘The most special offering to Lord Ganesha is the modakam, a ball of sweet coconut/jaggery fill, covered with a thick rice paste.’
    • ‘The artist holds your hand, painting the moist paste with a steady stroke, building the design element by element.’
    • ‘The small bits of fruit had disintegrated into a sweet, thick paste, just right to hold the tart surprise of the larger pieces.’
    • ‘Mosquito and ant bites can be relieved by the application of a moist bicarbonate of soda paste.’
    • ‘The pizza tasted much better than it looked, tangy tomato paste, nice, moist pan-style dough.’
    • ‘When slightly thick, add the paste of milk powder and ghee.’
    • ‘The skin is tacky, and quickly gives way to a thick, stringy paste of sugar.’
    • ‘Place the coriander, walnuts, garlic, juice and Parmesan in a food processor with half a tsp salt and some pepper, whizz and add oil until a thick paste has formed.’
    • ‘Ginger shrimp smacked of iodine and were burdened with a thick, harshly bitter paste of a sauce.’
    • ‘Dissolve the ground paste in thick buttermilk; add salt and pumpkin.’
    • ‘Drain and make into a thick, smooth paste by adding a little water.’
    purée, mixture, pulp, mush, pap, blend
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    1. 1.1 A paste used as an adhesive, especially for sticking paper.
      ‘wallpaper paste’
      • ‘The sticky nature of gluten has been utilized as a paper and fabric glue, as in making papier-mâché and wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘You must also carefully rinse the entire wall surface so there are no traces of paste or wallpaper stripper remaining behind, before you paint.’
      • ‘A handy tip is to give the walls one or two coats of emulsion or a coat of paste before you wallpaper.’
      • ‘Aidan launched himself at me, squeaking, and covered me in flour and something that looked suspiciously like wall-paper paste.’
      • ‘Halfway through the meal the pasta is congealed - a rubbery blob of gooey stuff fit only for use as paste to stick fliers to subway walls.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the appearance of the soggy paper and paste looked rather ugly.’
      • ‘Once they reach the house, however, it's back to normal as Charlie all but smothers his boss in wallpaper paste and leaves the house in ruins.’
      • ‘Use an Electric Steamer: An electric steamer can be used as an alternative to a chemical remover for softening the wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘For newer plastic-coated papers, ask your wallpaper store for the correct paste.’
      • ‘The main weapon used in the battle against leaves is a substance called Sandite. It looks like gritty wallpaper paste and it helps trains to get a better grip on the rails.’
      • ‘We had boiled potatoes and steamed cod, served with sauce that could have passed for wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘Just about every one of your favourite bands at one point was standing on a street corner with a bucket full of wallpaper paste and a paintbrush.’
      • ‘Most professionals apply paste even to pre-pasted wallpaper.’
      • ‘You can buy the wallpaper paste at your hardware store.’
      • ‘Is it magic, ghosts, or a weird adhesive concocted from ancient wallpaper paste, tobacco smoke and grime?’
      • ‘It was a brilliant speck of chilli in a sea of wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘Developed by Watts over five years, the product comes in rolls and is applied with wallpaper paste, so it is easy to strip off later if required.’
      • ‘I could see a few election posters here and there and some people hanging around those tables that you use to put paste on the back of wallpaper.’
      • ‘Like visitors pretending they hadn't noticed the damp odour of fresh wallpaper paste, the opposition averted their eyes and didn't mention a thing.’
      • ‘I'm not sure if the tape they provide have any thermal conductivity properties, but you can easily use your favorite thermal epoxy or paste.’
      adhesive, glue, gum, fixative
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    2. 1.2 A savoury spread.
      ‘salmon paste’
      • ‘Add the chicken stock, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili paste, and tamarind purée.’
      • ‘4 Spread this paste on both sides of the chops in a shallow dish, cover and chill for at least 6 hours.’
      • ‘The eggplant particularly excited me, being a large skinned half, baked to goo and topped with beige soybean paste, the whole going down like savoury toffee'd banana.’
      • ‘You can preserve the purée by spreading the paste onto the roasting tray and putting it back in the oven at the lowest temperature for 8-12 hours.’
      • ‘Spread this paste on the ‘presentation’ side of each fish fillet and place on a foil-lined tray under the grill.’
      • ‘Keep the pan very hot and stir in two dessert spoons of the chilli paste, the chopped chilli, fish sauce and the shallot.’
      • ‘Second, it uses chile-garlic paste instead of black pepper.’
      • ‘Stir in the remaining pork tongue, chili paste and miso.’
      • ‘For example the Thai fishcakes are medallions of sole and prawn mousse, blended in red curry paste with cucumber dressing.’
      • ‘Lower heat and add stock, coconut milk, curry powder, chili paste and fish sauce.’
      • ‘Combine saikyo miso, egg yolk, sesame seed paste, sake and sugar in a double boiler and cook for 10 minutes.’
      • ‘For extra heat, top with chili paste or sliced jalapeño peppers.’
      • ‘Wasabi, white miso paste and sushi rice share space with tins of golden syrup (for treacle tart) and packets of Smarties.’
      • ‘Anyways, I whipped some butter and put some of the pistachio paste instead of ground pistachio nuts as instructed in the recipe.’
      • ‘Place the oil, chopped chilli, garlic and curry powder or paste in a saucepan and fry gently for about a minute, stirring well to release the flavours of the spices.’
      • ‘In a bowl, combine the miso paste, yusu kosho, onion purée, and honey.’
      • ‘Make the dressing by mixing the yoghurt, tahini paste and olive oil in a blender or with a small whisk.’
      • ‘The sesame seed paste adds a satisfying richness, but it can be left out if you are watching your weight - especially if you are watching it go up.’
      • ‘Cook two minutes, then add galangal, shallots, curry paste and curry powder.’
      • ‘Place miso paste in a bowl and add 3tbsp of boiling water, whisking to remove lumps.’
      spread, pâté
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    3. 1.3 A mixture consisting mainly of clay and water that is used in making ceramic ware, especially a mixture of low plasticity based on kaolin for making porcelain.
      • ‘After this process, the replica is coated with a thin layer of clay paste and allowed to dry.’
      • ‘The glaze could have been applied as a dry powder, although most was applied as a water based paste.’
    4. 1.4 A hard vitreous composition used in making imitation gems.
      as modifier ‘paste brooches’
      • ‘In its original sense enamel is glass or vitreous paste fused to a prepared surface, usually of metal, by means of intense heat.’
      • ‘The necklace shown in Plate VII is set with paste stones replicating emeralds.’
      • ‘The shop was promoting gold brooches from six shillings and sixpence, and gilt paste brooches from one shilling.’
      • ‘His daughter Queen Elizabeth I was the first to wear paste jewellery to make herself look richer that she really was.’
      • ‘They jumped as a lady dressed in rags and paste jewels stepped inside the room.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Coat with paste.

    ‘when coating walls with fabric, paste the wall, not the fabric’
    • ‘The introduction of papering techniques whereby the wall rather than the paper is pasted has made hanging the wallpaper less fraught with peril than it used to be.’
    • ‘In an act of complete nonchalance, the 23 year-old Southampton lad started a food fight leaving other guests liable to be pasted with flying fish remains and crustaceans.’
    • ‘A skilled artisan, Mr. Misra says that the real potochitras are actually made on canvas made of bandage cloth which is pasted with a paste of tamarind and naturally occurring gum.’
    • ‘‘I met several people pasting the advertisements with glue bottles and brushes,’ he said.’
    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of place Fasten or stick (something) with paste.
      ‘the posters were pasted up on to street noticeboards’
      • ‘City of York IV were pasted 6-0 in division four by a skilful Lincoln II.’
      • ‘A traditional Bermuda kite comprises a strung wooden frame, onto which are pasted sheets of brightly coloured tissue paper.’
      • ‘Just use decoupage glue to paste newspaper or magazine clippings on a $2 wooden box.’
      • ‘Pamphlets, demanding immediate inclusion of the ‘ignored language’ on signboards, were pasted all over.’
      • ‘People who stick up fly posters were given a taste of their own medicine when a Swindon councillor pasted a ‘cancelled’ sign on one of their illegal bills.’
      • ‘I know I'm pasting a big fat target on myself, but the answer's not all that controversial: the difference is in the labor costs.’
      • ‘For them, my party was just the prelude to a hard night of cold, illegal work pasting posters on the walls of Friedrichshain.’
      • ‘I realised that the rest of the models, all costed $80 plus, so the one I chose must have been pasted with a wrong price tag.’
      • ‘Effigies of hated opponents were burned at the stake, insulting posters were pasted on walls and there were daily processions and tableaux.’
      • ‘The portraits of Ivor and Janet were pasted on one wall.’
      • ‘Some of them had their hands dripping with glue as they pasted old papers onto clay sculptures.’
      • ‘In perfect irony, one of them was seen pasting posters on the pedestal of the Kamaraj statue to publicise an agitation in the city on Tuesday.’
      • ‘While studying, he looks up at a photocopy of a dashboard and an instrument panel that's pasted on the wall, and goes through the flying procedure in his brain as if he were on the aircraft.’
      • ‘And here's the warning that's pasted to the windows in Lloyd Hall.’
      • ‘Some campaigners created billboard sized pictures and messages, which were pasted onto empty billboards.’
      • ‘The stamps, redeemable for (in contest parlance) fabulous prizes, must be pasted into little books before they can be used.’
      • ‘Vodka distillers, who are held in higher esteem than food producers in Russia, were unable to secure the new excise stamps which have to be pasted on bottle labels.’
      • ‘Collect these, paste them on a poster board, and laminate.’
      • ‘All Katie wants to do is cut out pictures from magazines and paste them to a poster board.’
      • ‘One of the regulars was the man who walked around the town pasting large posters on the walls, usually obituary notices.’
      glue, stick, fasten, gum, fix, affix
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    2. 1.2Computing Insert (a piece of text or other data copied from elsewhere).
      • ‘To see what they see, highlight your entire page and paste it into a text editor.’
      • ‘In particular, copying and pasting often eliminates specific formatting of Web pages, and necessitates keeping a document open for the information to be collected in.’
      • ‘It is so simple to lift text by cutting and pasting,’ he said.’
      • ‘When accounts are created, a list of first and last names is typed or pasted into a text box.’
      • ‘Once copied, the text is easily pasted into another document and read.’
      • ‘Next, I opened ‘Microsoft Word’, and then pasted the copied web document into Word.’
      • ‘Another approach to this is to copy what you want to print by pasting in to either a text editor, or WordPad.’
      • ‘Sections of the world trade agreement have simply been pasted into the draft negotiating text, ensuring that corporate freedom overrides environmental protection.’
      • ‘The BEA example above just gives an error message when pasted into another browser.’
      • ‘Naturally, the program allows files to be dragged from Windows Explorer, as well as supports coping and pasting to/from clipboard.’
      • ‘So, I expect to be able to select text and copy it to a clipboard, for pasting elsewhere.’
      • ‘At the end of the project, all of the references can be gathered together and pasted into a document as a bibliography.’
      • ‘Excuse the format - I'm cutting and pasting from a plain text document, and I don't want to correct all the spacing issues.’
      • ‘An index must first be created, and URLs for links instead of page numbers need to be manually pasted.’
      • ‘Simply copy the entire word processor document and paste it to the first cell in a blank spreadsheet.’
      • ‘When previewing a set of sliced images, the HTML is in this window for simple copying and pasting into your HTML document.’
      • ‘Well, this is only a tiny matter of technology: all he needs to do is copy the relevant section and paste it into his document.’
      • ‘It also allows the user to copy and paste the text into a word processor, email or clipboard.’
      • ‘Too much online information is ephemeral - so we end up emailing things to ourselves, copy and pasting into new documents and losing context.’
      • ‘Markup created in Fireworks can also be pasted or imported into Dreamweaver.’
  • 2informal Beat or defeat severely.

    ‘he pasted the guy and tied his ankles together’
    • ‘Alongside the Flea's concerns about global colding and fascist medievalism is the gnawing anxiety we are all going to be pasted by an asteroid.’
    • ‘The Gators erase memories of their 62-24 massacre to Nebraska after the 1995 season by pasting the Wildcats.’
    • ‘In fact, children of the famous are more likely to be critically pasted rather than approved, and the more successful the parent, the tougher it will be on their offspring.’
    • ‘That week, the Seahawks pasted Detroit with 35 points and 366 yards in a 35-14 win.’
    • ‘Yes, we got absolutely pasted and looked like we weren't ready for a team like Germany.’
    • ‘These selfsame Bengals pasted a very respectable Denver team.’
    beat, conquer, win against, win a victory over, triumph over, prevail over, get the better of, best, worst, vanquish
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin pasta ‘medicinal preparation in the shape of a small square’, probably from Greek pastē, (plural) pasta ‘barley porridge’, from pastos ‘sprinkled’.

Pronunciation

paste

/peɪst/