plastic ( plastics plural )
1 n-mass Plastic is a material which is produced from oil by a chemical process and which is used to make many objects. It is light in weight and does not break easily.
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...a wooden crate, sheltered from wetness by sheets of plastic..., A lot of the plastics that carmakers are using cannot be recycled., ...a black plastic bag.
2 adj If you describe something as plastic, you mean that you think it looks or tastes unnatural or not real., (disapproval)
...plastic airline food...
3 n-uncount If you use plastic or plastic money to pay for something, you pay for it with a credit card instead of using cash.
INFORMAL Using plastic to pay for an order is simplicity itself.
4 adj Something that is plastic is soft and can easily be made into different shapes. The mud is smooth, gray, soft, and plastic as butter.
plasticity n-uncount ...the plasticity of the flesh.
plastic bullet ( plastic bullets plural ) A plastic bullet is a large bullet made of plastic, which is intended to make people stop rioting, rather than to kill people. n-count
plastic explosive ( plastic explosives plural ) Plastic explosive is a substance which explodes and which is used in making small bombs. n-mass
plastic surgeon ( plastic surgeons plural ) A plastic surgeon is a doctor who performs operations to repair or replace skin which has been damaged, or to improve people's appearance. n-count
Plastic surgery is the practice of performing operations to repair or replace skin which has been damaged, or to improve people's appearance. n-uncount
She even had plastic surgery to change the shape of her nose.
Plastic wrap is a thin, clear, stretchy plastic which you use to cover food to keep it fresh.
in BRIT, use clingfilm