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plas·tic

 (plăs′tĭk)
adj.
1. Capable of being shaped or formed: plastic material such as clay. See Synonyms at malleable.
2. Relating to or dealing with shaping or modeling: the plastic art of sculpture.
3. Having the qualities of sculpture; well-formed: "the astonishing plastic beauty of the chorus girls" (Frank Harris).
4. Giving form or shape to a substance: the plastic forces that create and wear down a mountain range.
5. Easily influenced; impressionable: "The plastic mind of the bank clerk had been ... distorted by what he had read" (Rudyard Kipling).
6. Made of a plastic or plastics: a plastic garden hose.
7. Physics Capable of undergoing continuous deformation without rupture or relaxation.
8. Biology
a. Capable of building tissue; formative.
b. Able to change and adapt, especially by acquiring alternative pathways for sensory perception or motor skills. Used of the central nervous system.
9. Marked by artificiality or superficiality: a plastic world of fad, hype, and sensation.
10. Informal Of or obtained by means of credit cards: plastic money.
n.
1. Any of various organic compounds produced by polymerization, capable of being molded, extruded, cast into various shapes and films, or drawn into filaments used as textile fibers.
2. Informal A credit card or credit cards: would accept cash or plastic in payment.

[Latin plasticus, from Greek plastikos, from plastos, molded, from plassein, to mold; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plas′ti·cal·ly adv.
plas·tic′i·ty (-tĭs′ĭ-tē) n.

plasticity

(plæˈstɪsɪtɪ)
n
1. the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
2. (Art Terms) (in pictorial art) the quality of depicting space and form so that they appear three-dimensional

plas•tic•i•ty

(plæˈstɪs ɪ ti)

n.
1. the quality or state of being plastic.
2. the capability of being molded: the plasticity of clay.
[1775–85]

plasticity

the property of a substance that makes it capable of being molded, given shape, or being made to assume a desired form. — plastic, adj.
See also: Materials, Properties of
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plasticity - the property of being physically malleableplasticity - the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
ductileness, ductility - the malleability of something that can be drawn into threads or wires or hammered into thin sheets
flexibility, flexibleness - the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped

plasticity

noun pliability, flexibility, suppleness, malleability, pliableness The new insulating compound demonstrated remarkable plasticity.

plasticity

noun
Translations

plasticity

[plæsˈtɪsɪtɪ] Nplasticidad f

plasticity

nFormbarkeit f, → Modellierbarkeit f

plasticity

[plæsˈtɪsɪtɪ] nplasticità

plas·tic·i·ty

n. plasticidad, capacidad para moldearse.
References in classic literature ?
To that, to the study of the plasticity of living forms, my life has been devoted.
I wanted--it was the one thing I wanted--to find out the extreme limit of plasticity in a living shape.
Before he arose to the surface from that first plunge into the underworld he discovered that he was a good actor and demonstrated the plasticity of his nature.
It was another instance of the plasticity of his clay, of his capacity for being moulded by the pressure of environment.
More recently, we became interested in cellular reprogramming because we hypothesized that understanding cellular plasticity could yield new insights into cancer and ageing.
Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism: How the Polyvagal Theory and Brain Plasticity Help Us Make Sense of Autism comes from an author who runs a therapeutic consultancy, and outlines a new method of understanding autism.
Brain Plasticity is the ability of the nervous system to adapt to changed circumstances and find new ways of learning, sometimes after an injury or a stroke, but more commonly when acquiring a skill.
A new study finds that in learning a visual task, older people exhibited a surprising degree of plasticity, but had trouble filtering out irrelevant information, suggesting that their learning was not as stable.
Today (8 July), Professor Everitt spoke as one of three awardees of the 2014 Fondation Ipsen Neuronal Plasticity Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of neuronal plasticity.
19 ( ANI ): A new study has found that looking at how-to videos before carrying out simple tasks may boost the brain's plasticity and increase motor skills.
Environmental and biotic variation can also influence morphology through the alteration of allometric trajectories (Kemp & Bertness 1984) or through plasticity at a given point along a growth continuum (Hoverman & Relyea 2007; Bourdeau 2009).
Advances in engineering plasticity XI; select papers.