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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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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
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plasticity

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

noun
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Translations

plasticity

[plæsˈtɪsɪtɪ] Nplasticidad f
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plasticity

nFormbarkeit f, → Modellierbarkeit f
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plasticity

[plæsˈtɪsɪtɪ] nplasticità
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plas·tic·i·ty

n. plasticidad, capacidad para moldearse.
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Nevertheless, Nature had given him plasticity. Where many another animal would have died or had its spirit broken, he adjusted himself and lived, and at no expense of the spirit.
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