Definition of plaster in US English:

plaster

noun

  • 1A soft mixture of lime with sand or cement and water for spreading on walls, ceilings, or other structures to form a smooth hard surface when dried.

    • ‘Ceiling medallions over 20 inches in diameter and all plaster ceiling medallions require mechanical fastening.’
    • ‘This demolition exposed ‘stripes’ of structure throughout the existing plaster walls and ceilings.’
    • ‘The nature of their decoration, whether by painted plaster on walls or ceilings, or by tessellated and mosaic floors, compares well with that from the countryside.’
    • ‘To make such a rectangular and austere space appropriate for music, walls are treated with acoustic plaster and ceilings are absorbent too.’
    • ‘Across the hall is a spacious drawing room with a large bay window, ornate marble fireplace, decorative plaster coving and ceiling rose.’
    • ‘The storage room has exposed brick and plaster walls, a stone floor and an unusual ox's harness chandelier.’
    • ‘With its high ceiling and original ornamental plaster coving, marble fireplace, vast mirror and chandelier, it could be the set for a period drama.’
    • ‘Drywall can be used to cover conventional bare stud walls or damaged lath and plaster walls.’
    • ‘Mineral fiber tile ceilings have replaced plaster and wallboard ceilings.’
    • ‘Both rooms have been stylishly decorated to highlight period features such as marble fireplaces and decorative plaster ceilings.’
    • ‘The floor is wood, the ceiling is gypsum board, and the walls are part plaster on masonry and part gypsum board on randomly spaced framing.’
    • ‘Joists are the framing members in the ceiling that the plaster or drywall is attached to.’
    • ‘If you are nailing over a lath and plaster ceiling, longer nails may be needed.’
    • ‘The pale green plaster fireplace wall of the master bedroom includes niches for books and artwork.’
    • ‘Since you mentioned that your walls are plaster as opposed to drywall, this makes things a little easier.’
    • ‘Gouges or holes in the walls must be repaired with wall board compound, spackle, or patching plaster.’
    • ‘Cracks gaped in building walls, and chunks of plaster fell from ceilings.’
    • ‘In addition to a softer color, color washing can accentuate the texture of your plaster or stucco walls.’
    • ‘The only function of plaster on walls and ceilings, unless it is itself elaborately decorative, is to serve as a smooth surface on which to place decorative paper or paint.’
    • ‘Wall materials such as stucco, cement, brick, plaster, stone, and block are most resistant to high temperatures.’
    plasterwork, stucco
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    1. 1.1 A hard white substance made by the addition of water to powdered and partly dehydrated gypsum, used for holding broken bones in place and making sculptures and casts.
      • ‘The splint can be made with various materials ranging from thin metal to plaster of Paris.’
      • ‘Then, another set of plaster of Paris molds were created.’
      • ‘Variations on sugar paste, more or less inedible, include starch or plaster of Paris amongst their ingredients, and are intended purely for decoration.’
      • ‘Although it provides a durable interior surface, gypsum plaster is too water soluble to use on exterior walls.’
      • ‘Mix up some plaster of Paris with the water in the paper cup, stirring until smooth with the Popsicle stick.’
      • ‘Positive casts are also made of plaster of Paris.’
      • ‘Her artisans generally use plaster of Paris, though she does use stone dust, fibreglass and bronze on request.’
      • ‘Against the plaster of Paris, he has used stone oxide powder, a more sophisticated material, that gives a refined finishing and a sturdy look to the end product.’
      • ‘They worked like dogs and saved up and made a plaster of Paris mould of the farm to show the boys what their new home looked like.’
      • ‘There, children are busy making soft toys, painting pots and murals, making things out of clay, plaster of Paris, creating collages, paper flowers, etc.’
      • ‘Specialist mold makers created master patterns, which were used to fabricate working molds in plaster of Paris.’
      • ‘The root was fixed in position with a small quantity of plaster of Paris, and the whole seedling was covered loosely with the wetted soil.’
      • ‘Once the design is selected, a dough made of ceramic powder, plaster of Paris, cotton and glue is shaped accordingly.’
      • ‘But now, he often works in the same place with simple materials such as plaster of Paris, coir fibre and gunny cloth, things that charm him forever.’
      • ‘Basic items such as gloves, mosquito nets, stationery, plaster of Paris and cleaning fluids are often out of stock.’
      • ‘We gave them a bottle of water so they could make a plaster of Paris cast for a kid who had broken his arm.’
      • ‘A replica of the assembly in clay and plaster of Paris in the museum gives you a pithy idea about the people, their dress and social standing.’
      • ‘Calcium is also used to make drywall and plaster of Paris (calcium sulfate).’
      • ‘We filled the pole void with plaster of Paris, and we now have a clear idea of what it actually looked like.’
      • ‘For pieces with intricate designs, moulds of plaster of Paris are used.’
      plaster of paris, gypsum
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    2. 1.2 The powder from which plaster is made.
      • ‘Mother had inadvertently used plaster of Paris instead of flour.’
      • ‘I watch her sifting plaster of Paris through her fingers as she sprinkles it slowly onto limp water.’
      • ‘Mix dry plaster of Paris with water until you have a thick, pudding-like consistency.’
  • 2British An adhesive strip of material for covering cuts and wounds.

    • ‘He was in a body plaster for four months, and it was a while before he returned to trumpet playing.’
    • ‘If you cut, scratch or break your skin in any way, make sure the wound is cleaned, treated with antiseptic, and covered with a plaster or dressing if necessary.’
    • ‘By 6pm he, with a plaster covering his war wound, appeared live to tell the nation about his close encounter on the mean streets of Dublin.’
    • ‘Frequently he would return to the ward at night to check a plaster or that a tourniquet had not been left in situ inadvertently.’
    • ‘If you're super-organised, your list should also include plasters, some kind of disinfectant and antihistamines or an inhaler, should you need them.’
    • ‘In addition to medicines, it might be worth investing in a small first-aid kit, containing plasters, dressings, tweezers and the like.’
    • ‘This includes covering cuts and broken skin with waterproof plasters and washing hands frequently and thoroughly.’
    • ‘But these are like applying plasters to gaping wounds.’
    • ‘Great care must be taken, especially with the fitting of plasters, to prevent chafing and subsequent ulcer formation elsewhere on the foot or ankle.’
    • ‘A few plasters on my forehead had stopped the bleeding.’
    • ‘For minor cuts and grazes, washing them well and covering them with a plaster or dressing is usually all that is needed.’
    • ‘What I did get from her was a sticky plaster to put on my wound to stop the bleeding.’
    • ‘If you have a verruca, cover it with a plaster when you go swimming.’
    • ‘Make sure you have a good supply of plasters and other first-aid equipment handy.’
    • ‘The plasters cost E2 and contain five large and five small adhesive dressings, which are useful to everyone.’
    • ‘I think my first aid kit is entirely made up of big plasters.’
    • ‘The injuries were treated conservatively with below-knee plasters.’
    • ‘Waterproof plasters should be used over the wounds when showering.’
    • ‘I applied special plasters to the suppurating wounds there.’
    • ‘It comes in a stylish plastic case and includes a foil blanket, gloves, cleansing wipes, dressings and plasters.’
    sticking plaster, adhesive dressing, dressing, bandage
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    1. 2.1dated A bandage on which a poultice or liniment is spread for application.
      • ‘It is usually followed by herbal plasters and poultices called lepa to help draw toxins out of the pores of the skin.’
      • ‘These agents could be used in a pure form but are best utilized in concoctions, plasters, poultices, packs, washes or fumigants.’
      • ‘Lotions, plasters, and ointments sold at the store can sometimes be used to remove a wart.’
      • ‘Medicated gauze, alcohol cotton balls or dermatitis plasters are also necessary.’
      • ‘The company has developed a patented technology, m-doc, which is used as an anti-bleeding ingredient in plasters.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cover (a wall, ceiling, or other structure) with plaster.

    • ‘Over time, plaster walls and ceilings may develop stress-cracks.’
    • ‘The high ceiling and the upper walls were plastered and whitewashed, a brilliant white in the illumination from skylights.’
    • ‘The sloped ceilings were plastered, the cream plaster discolored in places, completely broken away in others.’
    • ‘The brick walls were plastered over with lime of which some traces can be seen.’
    • ‘I have plastered the kitchen ceiling and have not even charged her for it.’
    • ‘To prepare for finished floors it was necessary to plaster the walls of the hall.’
    • ‘The DIY project involved creating ten special bays where students could learn skills ranging from wiring a plug to plastering a wall, she added.’
    • ‘However, the outside walls were never plastered and asbestos was the material used for the roof.’
    • ‘The occupants say the walls are already cracked and the builders did not finish the floors or plaster the walls.’
    • ‘Behind an apparently innocent piece of wall was a secret doorway that had been plastered over and sealed.’
    • ‘Inside, the walls were all plastered and painted pale colours with cream carpets - very novel for the early 1970s in Ireland.’
    • ‘The stone walls were plastered and colorfully painted, and there was a fireplace on the central wall.’
    • ‘There are a couple of possible scenarios here that depend on how your wall was plastered.’
    • ‘The brick walls will be plastered and painted and there will be improvements to toilets and disabled access with work starting in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘Meanwhile there is a real danger that Scotland is becoming a place where everyone has a degree, but nobody can fix your sink or plaster your wall.’
    • ‘Almost always, the walls are plastered and whitewashed.’
    • ‘My walls and ceiling were plastered and at some point covered with wallpaper.’
    • ‘The more familiar you are with your materials, and the larger you make your test patches, the fewer the surprises you'll find when plastering the walls for real.’
    • ‘They were doing some renovation work in some rooms, and in one, a worker was plastering the ceiling.’
    • ‘They've had a call from the tenant who says that the shower is leaking into the apartment below and he thinks it's because the surrounding walls are plastered, not tiled.’
    • ‘Much to the surprise of the construction crew, all the interior walls were plastered and given a coat of white.’
    cover thickly, smother, spread, smear, cake, coat, daub, bedaub, overlay
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    1. 1.1plaster something with/in Coat or cover something with (a substance), especially to an extent considered excessive.
      ‘a face plastered in heavy makeup’
      • ‘Come December every other house will be plastered in the tackiest of tacky flashing lights and we will laugh, regaling each other with sightings of aesthetic atrocities.’
      • ‘And in her front room every inch of wall space was plastered with album covers, clocks, pictures, newspaper cuttings and a large Ziggy Stardust mirror.’
      • ‘Today's papers are plastered with yesterday's terror threats.’
      • ‘Commercial Alert is appealing to journalists not to use the corporate names in sports articles - he says plastering ads in stories blurs the line between editorial and advertising.’
      • ‘Sainsburys really got behind Comic Relief, plastering their stores in red noses.’
      • ‘Inside the bar every available wall and doorway was plastered with ‘no smoking’ signs of varying sizes.’
      • ‘Both sexes are plastered with band logos on bags, T-shirts, patches - Slipknot, Korn, The Deftones.’
      • ‘At an exhibition in the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham earlier this year, she recreated Stroke by plastering the walls of one room with chocolate.’
      • ‘Campaigners also fear the wall will be plastered with offensive graffiti and the flat surface will encourage children to sit on the top, only inches from a sheer drop to the sea and rock armour below.’
      • ‘It is sponsored by beer company Tecate, and many of the vehicles are plastered with corporate logos, such as those of Honda and Red Bull.’
    2. 1.2 Make (hair) lie flat by applying a liquid to it.
      ‘his hair was plastered down with water’
      • ‘Her normally perfect ash-blonde hair was plastered to her forehead, and her cheekbones glistened in the dim light.’
      • ‘Golden waves of hair were plastered to his face, dripping beads of water that one by one glided off the strands and rolled down his back.’
      • ‘Her hair was plastered to her face from the long walk through the rain.’
      • ‘It plastered their hair to their heads as they walked down the road, and chilled them to the bone.’
      • ‘All she knew was that when they were finally done dancing, there was sweat plastering her hair to her forehead and she was surprised it wasn't dripping down her arms.’
      • ‘The rain water plastered her loose hair to her forehead.’
      • ‘He was covered in sweat and a few rogue locks of hair were plastered to the sides of his face.’
      • ‘My hair was plastered down on my head and tied in a knot in the back so that it would be good and, you know, tight and flat.’
      • ‘Water plastered my hair to my red, sweaty face and I ended up looking more like a drenched beach ball than anything else.’
      • ‘She was sweating hard and her hair was plastered to her face, framing it.’
      • ‘Applying the starchy goo like a setting gel, he plastered his hair into a vertical thrust.’
      • ‘Rain water was dripping off my nose and my hair was plastered to my face.’
      • ‘My hair was plastered to my head, and I raised my hand from instinct to fix it.’
      • ‘The rain had plastered his hair flat onto his forehead and turned his pony tail into a slick pointy tip.’
      • ‘His face glistened with sweat, and his hair was plastered to his forehead, sticking out in some places.’
      • ‘His dark hair was plastered to his forehead by sweat and the general moisture in the air.’
      • ‘Her hair is plastered down with only a few stray hairs escaping.’
      • ‘His hair was plastered to his face, and his coat felt like it was sticking to his skin.’
      • ‘The rain drenched him instantly, plastering his hair to his head and soaking through his thin shirt and trousers.’
      • ‘His black hair was plastered down with it and his shirt was sticking to him.’
      flatten, flatten down, smooth down, slick down, sleek down
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    3. 1.3 Apply a plaster cast or medical plaster to (a part of the body).
      • ‘My husband took her to the camp doctor who plastered her arm.’
      • ‘Staff at Bath's Royal United Hospital are unwilling to plaster her leg because it would require giving her an anaesthetic, which could be dangerous with her heart problems.’
    4. 1.4plaster something with Cover a surface with (large numbers of pictures or posters)
      ‘the store windows are plastered with posters’
      • ‘One wall is plastered with The Sopranos script.’
      • ‘While my house was plastered with black and white stills of him making a tackle or standing on the sidelines, it was not until I saw him on the screen that it all added up to greatness in my mind.’
      • ‘The walls were plastered with charts and posters giving details of the daily routine, available facilities, progress of various programmes, and related information.’
      • ‘The walls of their project rooms are soon plastered with imagery, diagrams, flow charts, and other ephemera.’
      • ‘It's plastered the city with posters telling them the transition plan will take away everything that is sacred.’
      • ‘His walls were plastered with posters and memorabilia of the concerts.’
      • ‘The workers and their supporters have plastered the factory walls with posters denouncing the closure and demanding compensation.’
      • ‘Her whole wall was plastered with her anime drawings.’
      • ‘He set the photo down on the light table and went over to the wall that was plastered floor to ceiling with her likeness in every way, shape and form.’
      • ‘On Thursday, officers were plastering posters in the area warning about the tough new powers.’
    5. 1.5plaster something over Present a story or picture conspicuously and sensationally in (a newspaper or magazine)
      ‘her story was plastered all over the December issue’
      • ‘It flies from every third building, it is emblazoned on shop displays, plastered on the bumpers of cars, and scrawled on anti-war banners.’
      • ‘How much of this explosive information was plastered across the front pages of the Australian media?’
      • ‘Seeing signs plastered everywhere has got me wondering about how it is organised, and now I know.’
      • ‘The following decades saw the surfer image plastered on billboards and glossy ads.’
      • ‘Her image is plastered on billboards and bedroom walls all over Korea.’
      • ‘His company had plastered posters and media stories around the area telling everyone that track repair work would mean no trains that day and advertising replacement buses.’
      • ‘There were posters and tattoo designs plastered all over the walls.’
      • ‘His face has been plastered on billboards just about everywhere.’
      • ‘Why aren't stories like this plastered all over the mainstream media?’
      • ‘The reason that the face is fresh in my mind is because it's plastered all over LA.’
      • ‘The correspondence from them came on KPMG letterhead, with the logo plastered on every page.’
      • ‘It was a light purple, with pictures of the three of us plastered everywhere.’
      • ‘Open any national newspaper and you will find her plastered all over the pages, largely on the grounds of her weight gain.’
      • ‘His picture's plastered all over the programme.’
      • ‘Political posters are plastered all over the walls and even on the concrete security barriers.’
      • ‘The villagers are wide-eyed with superstition, and crucifixes are plastered everywhere.’
      • ‘You have to wonder why he should want his life story plastered all over the daily papers.’
      • ‘More letters about those ludicrous mission statements that counties seem obliged to plaster everywhere.’
      • ‘The press then mysteriously get involved and it's plastered all over the front pages.’
      display, exhibit, show, put on display, draw attention to, present, spread, emblazon, flaunt, parade, reveal
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    6. 1.6informal, dated Bomb or shell (a target) heavily.
      • ‘The support-by-fire elements plaster the T-80's area with machine gun fire and main gun rounds.’
      • ‘The enemy plastered the troops in this position, particularly from the air, where he was unmolested, and followed the bombardment by a further attack on our position.’

Origin

Old English, denoting a bandage spread with a curative substance, from medieval Latin plastrum (shortening of Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron ‘daub, salve’), later reinforced by the Old French noun plastre. Sense 1 dates from late Middle English.

Pronunciation

plaster

/ˈplastər//ˈplæstər/