Definition of paste in English:



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

    ‘blend onions, sugar, and oil to a paste’
    • ‘Inquiries regarding the basic ingredients of the meat paste were not addressed directly, rather the previous comment was reissued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mosquito and ant bites can be relieved by the application of a moist bicarbonate of soda 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 small bits of fruit had disintegrated into a sweet, thick paste, just right to hold the tart surprise of the larger pieces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The skin is tacky, and quickly gives way to a thick, stringy paste of sugar.’
    • ‘Its thick, sweet paste of a sesame sauce overwhelmed the innocent vegetable.’
    • ‘The sweet version is also delicious, as the soft rice and bean paste seem to melt together.’
    • ‘Dissolve the ground paste in thick buttermilk; add salt and pumpkin.’
    • ‘The pizza tasted much better than it looked, tangy tomato paste, nice, moist pan-style dough.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drain and make into a thick, smooth paste by adding a little water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next add the ginger, turmeric and oil and work the ingredients into a thick brown paste.’
    • ‘The artist holds your hand, painting the moist paste with a steady stroke, building the design element by element.’
    • ‘When slightly thick, add the paste of milk powder and ghee.’
    • ‘Ginger shrimp smacked of iodine and were burdened with a thick, harshly bitter paste of a sauce.’
    • ‘In the past, stone presses inefficiently coaxed oil from thick olive paste.’
    • ‘One of the biggest changes that Hogwarth has seen over the years is a move away from royal icing to softer sugar paste.’
    purée, mixture, pulp, mush, pap, blend
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    1. 1.1A paste used as an adhesive, especially for sticking paper.
      ‘wallpaper paste’
      • ‘On the contrary, the appearance of the soggy paper and paste looked rather ugly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use an Electric Steamer: An electric steamer can be used as an alternative to a chemical remover for softening the wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘It was a brilliant speck of chilli in a sea of wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘The sticky nature of gluten has been utilized as a paper and fabric glue, as in making papier-mâché and wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A handy tip is to give the walls one or two coats of emulsion or a coat of paste before you wallpaper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For newer plastic-coated papers, ask your wallpaper store for the correct paste.’
      • ‘You can buy the wallpaper paste at your hardware store.’
      • ‘Most professionals apply paste even to pre-pasted wallpaper.’
      • ‘Is it magic, ghosts, or a weird adhesive concocted from ancient wallpaper paste, tobacco smoke and grime?’
      • ‘You must also carefully rinse the entire wall surface so there are no traces of paste or wallpaper stripper remaining behind, before you paint.’
      • ‘Aidan launched himself at me, squeaking, and covered me in flour and something that looked suspiciously like wall-paper paste.’
      • ‘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. 1.2A savoury spread.
      ‘salmon paste’
      • ‘Add the chicken stock, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili paste, and tamarind purée.’
      • ‘For extra heat, top with chili paste or sliced jalapeño peppers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lower heat and add stock, coconut milk, curry powder, chili paste and fish sauce.’
      • ‘4 Spread this paste on both sides of the chops in a shallow dish, cover and chill for at least 6 hours.’
      • ‘For example the Thai fishcakes are medallions of sole and prawn mousse, blended in red curry paste with cucumber dressing.’
      • ‘Stir in the remaining pork tongue, chili paste and miso.’
      • ‘Cook two minutes, then add galangal, shallots, curry paste and curry powder.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wasabi, white miso paste and sushi rice share space with tins of golden syrup (for treacle tart) and packets of Smarties.’
      • ‘Combine saikyo miso, egg yolk, sesame seed paste, sake and sugar in a double boiler and cook for 10 minutes.’
      • ‘Anyways, I whipped some butter and put some of the pistachio paste instead of ground pistachio nuts as instructed in the recipe.’
      • ‘Second, it uses chile-garlic paste instead of black pepper.’
      • ‘Place miso paste in a bowl and add 3tbsp of boiling water, whisking to remove lumps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a bowl, combine the miso paste, yusu kosho, onion purée, and honey.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Make the dressing by mixing the yoghurt, tahini paste and olive oil in a blender or with a small whisk.’
      • ‘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.’
      spread, pâté
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    3. 1.3A 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. 1.4A hard vitreous composition used in making imitation gems.
      [as modifier] ‘paste brooches’
      • ‘The necklace shown in Plate VII is set with paste stones replicating emeralds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The shop was promoting gold brooches from six shillings and sixpence, and gilt paste brooches from one shilling.’
      • ‘In its original sense enamel is glass or vitreous paste fused to a prepared surface, usually of metal, by means of intense heat.’


  • 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.’
    • ‘‘I met several people pasting the advertisements with glue bottles and brushes,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[with object and adverbial of place]Fasten or stick (something) with paste.
      ‘the posters were pasted up on to street noticeboards’
      • ‘Pamphlets, demanding immediate inclusion of the ‘ignored language’ on signboards, were pasted all over.’
      • ‘The portraits of Ivor and Janet were pasted on one wall.’
      • ‘The stamps, redeemable for (in contest parlance) fabulous prizes, must be pasted into little books before they can be used.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And here's the warning that's pasted to the windows in Lloyd Hall.’
      • ‘A traditional Bermuda kite comprises a strung wooden frame, onto which are pasted sheets of brightly coloured tissue paper.’
      • ‘All Katie wants to do is cut out pictures from magazines and paste them to a poster board.’
      • ‘Just use decoupage glue to paste newspaper or magazine clippings on a $2 wooden box.’
      • ‘City of York IV were pasted 6-0 in division four by a skilful Lincoln II.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some campaigners created billboard sized pictures and messages, which were pasted onto empty billboards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Collect these, paste them on a poster board, and laminate.’
      • ‘For them, my party was just the prelude to a hard night of cold, illegal work pasting posters on the walls of Friedrichshain.’
      • ‘One of the regulars was the man who walked around the town pasting large posters on the walls, usually obituary notices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Effigies of hated opponents were burned at the stake, insulting posters were pasted on walls and there were daily processions and tableaux.’
      • ‘Some of them had their hands dripping with glue as they pasted old papers onto clay sculptures.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      glue, stick, fasten, gum, fix, affix
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    2. 1.2Computing Insert (a piece of text or other data copied from elsewhere).
      • ‘Once copied, the text is easily pasted into another document and read.’
      • ‘So, I expect to be able to select text and copy it to a clipboard, for pasting elsewhere.’
      • ‘Too much online information is ephemeral - so we end up emailing things to ourselves, copy and pasting into new documents and losing context.’
      • ‘Another approach to this is to copy what you want to print by pasting in to either a text editor, or WordPad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Simply copy the entire word processor document and paste it to the first cell in a blank spreadsheet.’
      • ‘Markup created in Fireworks can also be pasted or imported into Dreamweaver.’
      • ‘At the end of the project, all of the references can be gathered together and pasted into a document as a bibliography.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To see what they see, highlight your entire page and paste it into a text editor.’
      • ‘The BEA example above just gives an error message when pasted into another browser.’
      • ‘An index must first be created, and URLs for links instead of page numbers need to be manually pasted.’
      • ‘Next, I opened ‘Microsoft Word’, and then pasted the copied web document into Word.’
      • ‘It also allows the user to copy and paste the text into a word processor, email or clipboard.’
      • ‘When previewing a set of sliced images, the HTML is in this window for simple copying and pasting into your HTML document.’
      • ‘Sections of the world trade agreement have simply been pasted into the draft negotiating text, ensuring that corporate freedom overrides environmental protection.’
      • ‘Naturally, the program allows files to be dragged from Windows Explorer, as well as supports coping and pasting to/from clipboard.’
      • ‘It is so simple to lift text by cutting and pasting,’ he said.’
      • ‘Excuse the format - I'm cutting and pasting from a plain text document, and I don't want to correct all the spacing issues.’
      • ‘When accounts are created, a list of first and last names is typed or pasted into a text box.’
  • 2informal Beat or defeat severely.

    ‘he pasted the guy and tied his ankles together’
    • ‘These selfsame Bengals pasted a very respectable Denver team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Gators erase memories of their 62-24 massacre to Nebraska after the 1995 season by pasting the Wildcats.’
    • ‘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.’
    beat, conquer, win against, win a victory over, triumph over, prevail over, get the better of, best, worst, vanquish
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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.