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1    any one of a large number of synthetic usually organic materials that have a polymeric structure and can be moulded when soft and then set, esp. such a material in a finished state containing plasticizer, stabilizer, filler, pigments, etc. Plastics are classified as thermosetting (such as Bakelite) or thermoplastic (such as PVC) and are used in the manufacture of many articles and in coatings, artificial fibres, etc.  
   Compare       resin       2  
2       short for       plastic money  
3    made of plastic  
4    easily influenced; impressionable  
the plastic minds of children     
5    capable of being moulded or formed  
6      (Fine arts)  
a    of or relating to moulding or modelling  
the plastic arts     
b    produced or apparently produced by moulding  
the plastic draperies of Giotto's figures     
7    having the power to form or influence  
the plastic forces of the imagination     
8      (Biology)   of or relating to any formative process; able to change, develop, or grow  
plastic tissues     
9    of or relating to plastic surgery  
10    Slang   superficially attractive yet unoriginal or artificial  
plastic food     
     (C17: from Latin plasticus relating to moulding, from Greek plastikos, from plassein to form)  
  plastically      adv  

      adj combining form   growing or forming  
     (from Greek plastikos; see plastic)  
plastic bomb  
      n   a bomb consisting of an adhesive jelly-like explosive fitted around a detonator  
plastic bullet  
      n   a solid PVC cylinder, 10 cm long and 38 mm in diameter, fired by police in riots to regain control,   (Formal name)    baton round  
plastic money  
      n   credit cards, used instead of cash  
     (C20: from the cards being made of plastic)  
plastic surgery  
      n   the branch of surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic repair or re-formation of missing, injured, or malformed tissues or parts,   (Also called)    anaplasty  
  plastic surgeon      n  
reinforced plastic  
      n   plastic with fibrous matter, such as carbon fibre, embedded in it to confer additional strength  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    compliant, docile, easily influenced, impressionable, malleable, manageable, pliable, receptive, responsive, tractable  
2    ductile, fictile, flexible, mouldable, pliable, pliant, soft, supple, tensile  
3      (slang)   artificial, false, meretricious, mock, phoney or phony     (informal)   pseudo     (informal)   sham, specious, spurious, superficial, synthetic  
1    intractable, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, unmanageable, unreceptive  
2    brittle, hard, inflexible, rigid, stiff, unbending, unyielding  
3    authentic, genuine, natural, real, sincere, true  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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informal name given to footwear items like socks, home foot covers or plastic foot covers used for hygienical reasons
plastic surgery consisting in removing the fat tissue from the abdominal area
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