plasticplas‧tic1 /ˈplæstɪk/ ●●●S2W2 adjective1TIMHCEmade of plastica plastic spoonplastic bags2technicalCF a plastic substance can be formed into many different shapes and keeps the shape it is formed into until someone changes it3ARTIFICIALsomething that is plastic looks or tastesartificial or not naturalplastic foodI hate that plastic smile of hers.
plasticplastic2 ●●●S3W2 noun1[countable, uncountable]HCP a light strong material that is produced by a chemical process, and which can be made into different shapes when it is softchildren’s toys made of plasticthe plastics industry2[uncountable] informalBFMONEY small plastic cards that are used to pay for things instead of moneySYN credit cards‘I haven’t got any cash.’ ‘Don’t worry, I’ll stick it on the plastic (=pay for it using a credit card).’Do they take plastic? (=can you pay using a credit card?)
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plastic• Not a piece of sticky-back plastic, a toiletroll or a BluePeterbadge in sight!• Some industries, for example plastics, will evidently not be greatly affected.• The doors are made of plastic so they don't dent.• You have the following equipment: a large piece of plastic, rope, and an air tank.• The company experimented with variousplastics but found that aluminum was still the best option.• I didn't have the cash for a trip home, so I paid with plastic.From King Business Dictionaryplasticplas‧tic /ˈplæstɪk/ noun [uncountable] informala CREDIT CARD, or credit cards in generalI’m going to have to pay for this with plastic.Originplastic2(1500-1600)Latinplasticus“of shaping”, from Greekplastikos, from plassein“to shape, form, plaster”