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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Plaster  \Plas"ter\,  n.  [AS.,  a  plaster  (in  sense  1),  fr  L. 
  emplastrum  Gr  ?,  ?,  fr  ?  to  daub  on  stuff  in  ?  in  +  ?  to 
  mold:  cf  OF  plastre  a  plaster  (in  sense  2),  F.  pl[^a]tre. 
  Cf  {Plastic},  {Emplaster},  {Piaster}.]  [Formerly  written 
  also  {plaister}.] 
  1.  (Med.)  An  external  application  of  a  consistency  harder 
  than  ointment,  prepared  for  use  by  spreading  it  on  linen, 
  leather,  silk,  or  other  material.  It  is  adhesive  at  the 
  ordinary  temperature  of  the  body,  and  is  used  according 
  to  its  composition,  to  produce  a  medicinal  effect,  to  bind 
  parts  together,  etc.;  as  a  porous  plaster;  sticking 
  2.  A  composition  of  lime,  water,  and  sand,  with  or  without 
  hair  as  a  bond,  for  coating  walls,  ceilings,  and 
  partitions  of  houses.  See  {Mortar}. 
  3.  Calcined  gypsum,  or  plaster  of  Paris,  especially  when 
  ground,  as  used  for  making  ornaments,  figures,  moldings, 
  etc.;  or  calcined  gypsum  used  as  a  fertilizer. 
  {Plaster  cast},  a  copy  of  an  object  obtained  by  pouring 
  plaster  of  Paris  mixed  with  water  into  a  mold. 
  {Plaster  of  Paris}.  [So  called  because  originally  brought 
  from  a  suburb  of  Paris.]  (Chem.)  Anhydrous  calcium 
  sulphate,  or  calcined  gypsum,  which  forms  with  water  a 
  paste  which  soon  sets  or  hardens,  and  is  used  for  casts, 
  moldings,  etc  The  term  is  loosely  applied  to  any  plaster 
  stone  or  species  of  gypsum. 
  {Plaster  of  Paris  bandage}  (Surg.),  a  bandage  saturated  with 
  a  paste  of  plaster  of  Paris,  which  on  drying  forms  a 
  perfectly  fitting  splint. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Plaster  \Plas"ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Plastered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Plastering}.]  [Cf.  OF  plastrer  to  plaster  (in  sense 
  2),  F.  pl[^a]trer.] 
  1.  To  cover  with  a  plaster,  as  a  wound  or  sore. 
  2.  To  overlay  or  cover  with  plaster,  as  the  ceilings  and 
  walls  of  a  house. 
  3.  Fig.:  To  smooth  over  to  cover  or  conceal  the  defects  of 
  to  hide,  as  with  a  covering  of  plaster.  --Bale. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  mixture  of  lime  or  gypsum  with  sand  and  water;  hardens 
  into  a  smooth  solid;  used  to  cover  walls  and  ceilings 
  2:  any  of  several  gypsum  cements;  a  white  powder  (a  form  of 
  calcium  sulphate)  that  forms  a  paste  when  mixed  with  water 
  and  hardens  into  a  solid;  used  in  making  molds  and 
  sculptures  and  casts  for  broken  limbs  [syn:  {plaster  of 
  3:  a  soft  heated  mass  of  meal  or  clay  that  is  spread  on  a  cloth 
  and  applied  to  the  skin  to  treat  inflamed  areas  or  improve 
  circulation  etc  [syn:  {poultice},  {cataplasm}] 
  4:  used  in  dressing  wounds  [syn:  {adhesive  plaster},  {sticking 
  v  1:  cover  conspicuously,  as  by  pasting  something  on  "The 
  demonstrators  plastered  the  hallways  with  posters" 
  2:  affix  conspicuously;  "She  plastered  warnings  all  over  the 
  3:  apply  a  plaster  cast  to  "plaster  the  broken  arm" 
  4:  apply  a  heavy  coat  to  [syn:  {plaster  over},  {stick  on}] 
  5:  coat  with  plaster  [syn:  {daub}] 
  6:  dress  by  covering  with  a  therapeutic  substance  [syn:  {poultice}] 

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