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[peyst] /peɪst/
a mixture of flour and water, often with starch or the like, used for causing paper or other material to adhere to something.
any soft, smooth, and plastic material or preparation.
dough, especially when prepared with shortening, as for making pie crust and other pastry:
puff paste.
any of various semisoft fruit confections of pliable consistency:
almond paste; guava paste.
a preparation of fish, tomatoes, or other food reduced to a smooth, soft mass, as for a relish or for seasoning.
a mixture of clay, water, etc., for making pottery or porcelain.
  1. a brilliant, heavy glass, as strass, used for making artificial gems.
  2. an artificial gem of this material.
Slang. a hard smack, blow, or punch, especially on the face.
verb (used with object), pasted, pasting.
to fasten or stick with paste or the like.
to cover with something applied by means of paste.
Slang. to hit (a person) hard, especially on the face.
Computers. to insert (copied text, images, etc.) into a file.
Compare copy (def 15), cut (def 24).
verb (used without object)
Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.
Compare cut (def 42).
Origin of paste
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pasta dough < Greek pastá barley porridge, noun use of neuter plural of pastós, verbid of pássein to strew, sprinkle; a pasta was originally a kind of gruel sprinkled with salt; (defs 9, 12) probably by association with baste3
Related forms
prepaste, verb (used with object), prepasted, prepasting.
repaste, verb (used with object), repasted, repasting.
semipaste, noun
unpaste, verb (used with object), unpasted, unpasting.
Can be confused
passed, past, paste. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paste
  • Using electronic or traditional cut-and-paste methods, cut out the flags and glue them into their correct relative positions.
  • Or wrapped in long, pointy tetrahedrons of leaves, with sausage or red bean paste in the middle.
  • Originally, the marshmallow plant's gummy root juices were combined with eggs and sugar and then beaten into a foamy paste.
  • It would be illegal for them to copy and paste the study here.
  • They had the consistency of school paste and the density of doorstops.
  • Add this paste to the masa with a little salt, mixing it until it reaches a dough consistency.
  • The paste sometimes includes oil, garlic, and other seasonings.
  • Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding small amounts of filtered water only as needed to make a thick paste.
  • Serve with soy sauce, pickled ginger, and remaining wasabi paste.
  • Line patty pans with puff or plain paste, fill with the following mixture, and bake in a moderate oven until firm.
British Dictionary definitions for paste


a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
any of various sweet doughy confections: almond paste
dough, esp when prepared with shortening, as for making pastry
  1. Also called strass. a hard shiny glass used for making imitation gems
  2. an imitation gem made of this glass
the combined ingredients of porcelain See also hard paste, soft paste
verb (transitive)
often foll by on or onto. to attach by or as if by using paste: he pasted posters onto the wall
(usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesive: he pasted the wall with posters
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Late Latin pasta dough, from Greek pastē barley porridge, from pastos, from passein to sprinkle


(transitive) (slang) to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly
Word Origin
C19: variant of baste³
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Word Origin and History for paste

c.1300 (mid-12c. as a surname), "dough," from Old French paste "dough, pastry" (13c., Modern French pâte), from Late Latin pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste" (see pasta). Meaning "glue mixture" is first attested mid-15c.


"to stick with paste," 1560s; see paste (n.). Related: Pasted; pasting.

"hit hard," 1846, probably an alteration of baste "beat" (see lambaste). Related: Pasted; pasting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paste in Medicine

paste 1 (pāst)
A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for paste


  1. To hit; strike very hard: She grabbed the broom and pasted me (1846+)
  2. To defeat decisively; trounce; clobber: The Jets got pasted (1940s+ Sports)

[origin unknown; perhaps an alteration of earlier baste, ''strike, trounce,'' of obscure origin and preserved in lambaste]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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paste in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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