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plaster

noun uk   /ˈplɑː.stər/ us    /ˈplæs.tɚ/

plaster noun (SUBSTANCE)

[U] a substance that becomes hard as it dries and is used especially for spreading on walls and ceilings in order to give a smooth surface: The plaster on the walls was cracked and flaking.
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in plaster UK (US in a cast) If a part of your body is in plaster, it has a plaster cast around it to protect it while a broken bone repairs itself: My leg was in plaster for about six weeks.

plaster noun (STICKY MATERIAL)

[C or U] UK (UK also sticking plaster, US trademark Band-Aid) a small piece of sticky material used to cover and protect a cut in the skin: a box of waterproof plasters Put a plaster on it so that it doesn't get infected.

plaster

verb uk   /ˈplɑː.stər/ us    /ˈplæs.tɚ/
[T] to spread plaster on a surface [T + adv/prep] to make something stick in a flat smooth layer: The torrential rain had plastered her hair to her head. [T usually + adv/prep] informal to cover a surface or an object with something completely or thickly: She had plastered her bedroom walls with photos of pop stars. The car was plastered with mud. The story was plastered all over (= printed so that it completely covered) the front page of the newspaper.
plastering
noun [U] uk   /ˈplɑː.stər.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈplæs.tɚ.ɪŋ/
There's only the plastering left to be done.
(Definition of plaster from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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