Definition of paste in US English:

paste

noun

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

    ‘blend onions, sugar, and oil to a paste’
    • ‘Mosquito and ant bites can be relieved by the application of a moist bicarbonate of soda paste.’
    • ‘Dissolve the ground paste in thick buttermilk; add salt and pumpkin.’
    • ‘Its thick, sweet paste of a sesame sauce overwhelmed the innocent vegetable.’
    • ‘Ginger shrimp smacked of iodine and were burdened with a thick, harshly bitter paste of a sauce.’
    • ‘Next add the ginger, turmeric and oil and work the ingredients into a thick brown paste.’
    • ‘The small bits of fruit had disintegrated into a sweet, thick paste, just right to hold the tart surprise of the larger pieces.’
    • ‘One of the biggest changes that Hogwarth has seen over the years is a move away from royal icing to softer sugar paste.’
    • ‘The pizza tasted much better than it looked, tangy tomato paste, nice, moist pan-style dough.’
    • ‘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 sweet version is also delicious, as the soft rice and bean paste seem to melt together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the past, stone presses inefficiently coaxed oil from thick olive paste.’
    • ‘Inquiries regarding the basic ingredients of the meat paste were not addressed directly, rather the previous comment was reissued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The artist holds your hand, painting the moist paste with a steady stroke, building the design element by element.’
    • ‘The most special offering to Lord Ganesha is the modakam, a ball of sweet coconut/jaggery fill, covered with a thick rice paste.’
    purée, mixture, pulp, mush, pap, blend
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    1. 1.1 A paste used as an adhesive, especially for sticking paper and other light materials.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Use an Electric Steamer: An electric steamer can be used as an alternative to a chemical remover for softening the 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.’
      • ‘A handy tip is to give the walls one or two coats of emulsion or a coat of paste before you wallpaper.’
      • ‘It was a brilliant speck of chilli in a sea of wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘You can buy the wallpaper paste at your hardware store.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the appearance of the soggy paper and paste looked rather ugly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sticky nature of gluten has been utilized as a paper and fabric glue, as in making papier-mâché and wallpaper paste.’
      • ‘Most professionals apply paste even to pre-pasted 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.’
      • ‘We had boiled potatoes and steamed cod, served with sauce that could have passed for 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is it magic, ghosts, or a weird adhesive concocted from ancient wallpaper paste, tobacco smoke and grime?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Aidan launched himself at me, squeaking, and covered me in flour and something that looked suspiciously like wall-paper paste.’
      • ‘For newer plastic-coated papers, ask your wallpaper store for the correct 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. 1.2 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.’
    3. 1.3 A hard vitreous composition used in making imitation gems.
      as modifier ‘paste brooches’
      • ‘They jumped as a lady dressed in rags and paste jewels stepped inside the room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Coat with paste.

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

    ‘he pasted the guy and tied his ankles together’
    • ‘That week, the Seahawks pasted Detroit with 35 points and 366 yards in a 35-14 win.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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//pāst/