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Meaning of “plastic” in the English Dictionary

"plastic" in British English

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plasticnoun

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

A2 [C or U] an ​artificialsubstance that can be ​shaped when ​soft into many different ​forms and has many different uses: He put a ​sheet of plastic over the ​brokenwindow. 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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  • plastic noun (MONEY)

[U] (also plastic money) creditcards or debitcards, ​rather than ​money in the ​form of ​notes, ​coins, or cheques: I'd ​prefer a ​restaurant where they take plastic.

plasticadjective

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

A2 made of plastic: a plastic ​bag/​box/​cup

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(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 ​buildingmaterials as well as in ​consumergoods.

plasticadjective

 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 creditcards or other ​bankcards 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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