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Meaning of “plaster” in the English Dictionary

"plaster" in British English

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plasternoun

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 ​smoothsurface: The plaster on the ​walls was ​cracked and ​flaking.
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in plaster UK (US in a cast) If a ​part of ​yourbody is in plaster, it has a plaster ​cast around it to ​protect it while a ​brokenbonerepairs 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 ​smallpiece of ​stickycloth or ​plastic that you use 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.

plasterverb

uk   /ˈplɑː.stər/  us   /ˈplæs.tɚ/
[T] to ​spread plaster on a ​surface [T + adv/prep] to make something ​stick in a ​flatsmoothlayer: The ​torrentialrain 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 ​bedroomwalls withphotos of ​popstars. The ​car was plastered withmud. The ​story was plastered all over (= ​printed so that it ​completelycovered) the ​frontpage 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plaster" in American English

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plasternoun

 us   /ˈplæs·tər/
  • plaster noun (WALL COVERING)

[U] a ​substance that is used esp. for ​spreading on ​walls and ​ceilings because it makes a ​smooth, hard ​surface after it ​dries
  • plaster noun (INJURY PROTECTION)

[C] Br Band-Aid

plasterverb [T]

 us   /ˈplæs·tər/
  • plaster verb [T] (PLACE WALL COVERING)

infml To plaster a ​surface or an ​object with something is to ​cover it ​completely or ​thickly: She has plastered her ​bedroomwalls with ​posters of ​popsingers.
(Definition of plaster from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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