|to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.|
|to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.|
|1.||a mixture of lime, sand, and water, sometimes stiffened with hair or other fibres, that is applied to the surface of a wall or ceiling as a soft paste that hardens when dry|
|2.||(Brit), (Austral), (NZ) an adhesive strip of material, usually medicated, for dressing a cut, wound, etc|
|3.||mustard plaster short for plaster of Paris|
|4.||to coat (a wall, ceiling, etc) with plaster|
|5.||(tr) to apply like plaster: she plastered make-up on her face|
|6.||(tr) to cause to lie flat or to adhere|
|7.||(tr) to apply a plaster cast to|
|8.||slang (tr) to strike or defeat with great force|
|[Old English, from Medieval Latin plastrum medicinal salve, building plaster, via Latin from Greek emplastron curative dressing, from |
plaster plas·ter (plās'tər)
Plaster of Paris.
A pastelike mixture applied to a part of the body for healing or cosmetic purposes.
a pasty composition (as of lime or gypsum, water, and sand) that hardens on drying and is used for coating walls, ceilings, and partitions
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