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"plastic" in British English

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uk   /ˈplæs.tɪk/  us   /ˈplæs.tɪk/
  • plastic noun (SUBSTANCE)

A2 [C or U] an artificial substance that can be shaped when soft into many different forms and has many different uses: He put a sheet of plastic over the broken window. Those flowers aren't real - they're made of plastic.
plastics [U]
the process or business of producing plastic: The company has moved into plastics. the plastics industry

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uk   /ˈplæs.tɪk/  us   /ˈplæs.tɪk/
(Definition of plastic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plastic" in American English

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plasticnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈplæs·tɪk/
  • plastic noun [C/U] (MATERIAL)

any one of a group of materials made chemically and shaped into different forms for different uses: [U] The cover of the book is actually made of plastic, though it looks like cloth. [C] Plastics can be produced in the form of fibers or sheets and are used in building materials as well as in consumer goods.


 us   /ˈplæs·tɪk/
  • plastic adjective (SOFT)

soft enough to be shaped into different forms: Clay is a plastic material.
(Definition of plastic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plastic" in Business English

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plasticnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈplæstɪk/
informal MONEY credit cards or other bank cards that are used to pay for things rather than using cash: Most people want the convenience of paying with plastic.
(Definition of plastic from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “plastic”
in Arabic بلاسْتيك…
in Korean 플라스틱…
in Portuguese plástico…
in Catalan plàstic…
in Japanese プラスチック, ビニール…
in Chinese (Simplified) 物质, 塑料…
in Turkish plastik…
in Russian пластмасса, пластик…
in Chinese (Traditional) 物質, 塑膠…
in Italian plastica…
in Polish plastik…
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“plastic” in American English

A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
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May 24, 2016
by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

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