Definition of plastic:
- a substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties of are used to produce articles of commerce ( after 1900). [ MW10 gives origin of word as 1905]
- Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; - used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child.
- Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator.
- Pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of, molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if produced by, molding or modeling; - said of sculpture and the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the graphic arts.
charge plate, waxy, tractile, cast, credit card, bendable, impressionable, unnatural, chemical, moldable, synthetic, factitious, tensile, integrative, formative, elastic, fluid, pliant, change, shaping, flexuous, bendable, substitute, workable, suggestible, honest, artificial, charge card, flexile, mobile, fictile, impressible.
- fickle (part of speech: adjective)
- elastic (part of speech: adjective)
- plastic (part of speech: noun)
- soft (part of speech: adjective)
- willing (part of speech: adjective)
It is really a miracle; and so simple the life and so benign the elements, that for a young ambitious professor who wishes to leave his mark on Pacific civilization while it is most plastic, or for any one who wants to teach and work under the most perfect conditions for eight or nine months, and who is able to get to the East, or Europe, for the remaining three, I can't imagine anything finer.- "The Letters of William James, Vol. II", William James.
- "The Egyptian Cat Mystery", Harold Leland Goodwin.
When warmed in hot water, or by itself, it becomes soft and plastic, and may readily be pressed to the lower surface of the foot, so as to fill in all little cracks and irregularities, and furnish a complete covering to the sole and frog, and to the bearing surface of the wall.- "Diseases of the Horse's Foot", Harry Caulton Reeks.