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, plastic]
Capable of being influenced or formed; "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature" [syn: plastic, pliant]
Forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience" [syn: formative, shaping, plastic]
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
A card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered; "do you take plastic?" [syn: credit card, charge card, charge plate, plastic]
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
Medallions . . . fraught with the plastic beauty and
grace of the palmy days of Italian art. --J. S.
Plastic clay (Geol.), one of the beds of the Eocene period;
-- so called because used in making pottery. --Lyell.
Plastic element (Physiol.), one that bears within the germs
of a higher form.
Plastic exudation (Med.), an exudation thrown out upon a
wounded surface and constituting the material of repair by
which the process of healing is effected.
Money \Mon"ey\, n.; pl. Moneys. [OE. moneie, OF. moneie, F.
monnaie, fr. L. moneta. See Mint place where coin is made,
Mind, and cf. Moidore, Monetary.]
1. A piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, etc., coined,
or stamped, and issued by the sovereign authority as a
medium of exchange in financial transactions between
citizens and with government; also, any number of such
To prevent such abuses, . . . it has been found
necessary . . . to affix a public stamp upon certain
quantities of such particular metals, as were in
those countries commonly made use of to purchase
goods. Hence the origin of coined money, and of
those public offices called mints. --A. Smith.
2. Any written or stamped promise, certificate, or order, as
a government note, a bank note, a certificate of deposit,
etc., which is payable in standard coined money and is
lawfully current in lieu of it; in a comprehensive sense,
any currency usually and lawfully employed in buying and
3. Any article used as a medium of payment in financial
transactions, such as checks drawn on checking accounts.
4. (Economics) Any form of wealth which affects a person's
propensity to spend, such as checking accounts or time
deposits in banks, credit accounts, letters of credit,
etc. Various aggregates of money in different forms are
given different names, such as M-1, the total sum of all
currency in circulation plus all money in demand deposit
accounts (checking accounts).
Note: Whatever, among barbarous nations, is used as a medium
of effecting exchanges of property, and in the terms of
which values are reckoned, as sheep, wampum, copper
rings, quills of salt or of gold dust, shovel blades,
etc., is, in common language, called their money.
4. In general, wealth; property; as, he has much money in
land, or in stocks; to make, or lose, money.
The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
--1 Tim vi. 10
(Rev. Ver. ).
Money bill (Legislation), a bill for raising revenue.
Money broker, a broker who deals in different kinds of
money; one who buys and sells bills of exchange; -- called
also money changer.
Money of account, a denomination of value used in keeping
accounts, for which there may, or may not, be an
equivalent coin; e. g., the mill is a money of account in
the United States, but not a coin.
(a) an order for the payment of money; specifically, a
government order for the payment of money, issued at
one post office as payable at another; -- called also
postal money order.
(b) a similar order issued by a bank or other financial
plastic \plastic\ (pl[a^]s"t[i^]k), n.
A substance composed predominantly of a synthetic organic
high polymer capable of being cast or molded; many varieties
of plastic are used to produce articles of commerce (after
1900). [MW10 gives origin of word as 1905]