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.
a brilliant, heavy glass, as strass, used for making artificial gems.
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 ).

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

prepaste, verb (used with object), prepasted, prepasting.
repaste, verb (used with object), repasted, repasting.
semipaste, noun
unpaste, verb (used with object), unpasted, unpasting.

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paste1 (peɪst)
1.  a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
2.  an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
3.  a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
4.  any of various sweet doughy confections: almond paste
5.  dough, esp when prepared with shortening, as for making pastry
6.  a.  Also called: strass a hard shiny glass used for making imitation gems
 b.  an imitation gem made of this glass
7.  hard paste See also soft paste the combined ingredients of porcelain
vb (often foll by on or onto)
8.  to attach by or as if by using paste: he pasted posters onto the wall
9.  (usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesive: he pasted the wall with posters
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin pasta dough, from Greek pastē barley porridge, from pastos, from passein to sprinkle]

paste2 (peɪst)
slang (tr) to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly
[C19: variant of baste³]

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Word Origin & History

1166, "dough," from O.Fr. paste, from L.L. pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste" (see pasta). Meaning "glue mixture" is first attested 1440. The verb "to stick with paste" is from 1560s. Pasteboard (1548) is so called because it is made of sheets of paper pasted together. Pasties
"adhesive patches worn over the nipples by exotic dancers" first attested 1961.

"hit hard," 1846, probably an alteration of baste "beat" (see lambaste).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Computing Dictionary

paste definition

copy and paste

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Example sentences
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.
They had the consistency of school paste and the density of doorstops.
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