What is plastic?

  • (adj): Capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material).
    Example: "Plastic substances such as wax or clay"
    Synonyms: fictile, moldable
    See also — Additional definitions below


A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are partially natural.

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Some articles on plastic:

... Eduard Model Accessories is a Czech manufacturer of plastic models and finescale model accessories ... the success of their early products, the company branched off into plastic models in 1993 ... As of 2006, Eduard's product line contained some 30 plastic kits and more than 800 individual photoetch detail sets ...
Plastic - Etymology
... The word plastic is derived from the Greek πλαστικός (plastikos) meaning capable of being shaped or molded, from πλαστός (plastos) meaning molded ... The common word plastic should not be confused with the technical adjective plastic, which is applied to any material which undergoes a permanent change of shape (plastic deformation) when strained beyond ... forged, for instance, exhibits plasticity in this sense, but is not plastic in the common sense in contrast, in their finished forms, some plastics will break before ...
Lego Timeline - 20th Century - 1940s
1947 Ole Kirk purchases the first plastic moulding machine in Denmark, and the company begins manufacturing plastic toys. 1949 Lego begins producing similar plastic bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks." ...
Scalextric - History
... subsidiary Rovex, which specialised in plastic, then developed Scalextric, converting the metal cars to the easier and cheaper to mould plastic ... The track, which was originally a rubber compound, became moulded plastic at a later date ...
Exploding Plastic Inevitable
... The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, sometimes simply called Plastic Inevitable or EPI, was a series of multimedia events organized by Andy Warhol between 1966 and 1967, featuring musical performances by The Velvet ... Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable is also the title of a 18-minute film by Ronald Nameth with recordings from one week of performances of the shows which were filmed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 ... In December 1966 Warhol included a one-off magazine called The Plastic Exploding Inevitable as part of the Aspen No ...

More definitions of "plastic":

  • (noun): Generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives.
  • (adj): Used of the imagination.
    Example: "Material...transformed by the plastic power of the imagination"--Coleridge
  • (adj): Capable of being influenced or formed.
    Example: "The plastic minds of children"
    Synonyms: pliant

Famous quotes containing the word plastic:

    On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll;
    On plastic clay and leathern scroll,
    Man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed,
    And lo! the Press was found at last!
    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

    The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918)

    The plastic surgeon’s knife slashes at time, which may seem to retreat, but then keeps on coming.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)