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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Plastic  \Plas"tic\  (pl[a^]s"t[i^]k),  a.  [L.  plasticus  Gr  ?, 
  fr  ?  to  form  mold:  cf  F.  plastique.] 
  1.  Having  the  power  to  give  form  or  fashion  to  a  mass  of 
  matter;  as  the  plastic  hand  of  the  Creator.  --Prior. 
  See  plastic  Nature  working  to  his  end  --Pope. 
  2.  Capable  of  being  molded,  formed,  or  modeled,  as  clay  or 
  plaster;  --  used  also  figuratively;  as  the  plastic  mind 
  of  a  child. 
  3.  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. 
  Medallions  .  .  .  fraught  with  the  plastic  beauty  and 
  grace  of  the  palmy  days  of  Italian  art.  --J.  S. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  -plastic  \-plas"tic\  (-pl[a^]s"t[i^]k).  [Gr.  ?  fit  for  molding, 
  plastic,  fr  ?  to  mold,  to  form.] 
  A  combining  form  signifying  developing,  forming,  growing;  as 
  heteroplastic,  monoplastic,  polyplastic. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  used  of  the  imagination;  "material...transformed  by  the 
  plastic  power  of  the  imagination"  (Coleridge) 
  2:  capable  of  being  molded  or  modeled  (especially  of  earth  or 
  clay  or  other  soft  material);  "plastic  substances  such  as 
  wax  or  clay"  [syn:  {fictile},  {moldable}] 
  3:  capable  of  being  influenced  or  formed;  "the  plastic  minds  of 
  children";  "a  pliant  nature"  [syn:  {pliant}] 
  n  :  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 

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