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[plas-ter-ing, plah-ster-] /ˈplæs tər ɪŋ, ˈplɑ stər-/
the process of working with plaster.
a coating of plaster.
a decisive defeat; drubbing.
Origin of plastering
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (gerund). See plaster, -ing1


[plas-ter, plah-ster] /ˈplæs tər, ˈplɑ stər/
a composition, as of lime or gypsum, sand, water, and sometimes hair or other fiber, applied in a pasty form to walls, ceilings, etc., and allowed to harden and dry.
powdered gypsum.
a solid or semisolid preparation spread upon cloth, plastic, or other material and applied to the body, especially for some healing purpose.
verb (used with object)
to cover (walls, ceilings, etc.) with plaster.
to treat with gypsum or plaster of Paris.
to lay flat like a layer of plaster.
to daub or fill with plaster or something similar.
to apply a plaster to (the body, a wound, etc.).
to overspread with something, especially thickly or excessively:
a wall plastered with posters.
  1. to defeat decisively; trounce; drub.
  2. to knock down or injure, as by a blow or beating.
  3. to inflict serious damage or injury on by heavy bombing, shelling, or other means of attack.
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin plastrum plaster (both medical and building senses), aphetic variant of Latin emplastrum < Greek émplastron salve, alteration of émplaston, neuter of émplastos daubed; see em-2, -plast
Related forms
plasterer, noun
plasteriness, noun
plasterlike, plastery, adjective
replaster, verb (used with object)
unplaster, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for plastering
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  • There was nothing to either except a one-inch board and a thickness of lath and plastering.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
  • This we also burnt with fire, after we had protected the fresh flint by plastering it with clay.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • It will make fine mud for plastering our new nests, and it will bring out the Worms.

    Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • For Blink was plastering him with the water-marks of joy and anxiety.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • The birds reduce the orifice of the cavity to a very small size by plastering up the greater part of it with mud.

  • He was fixing a board to put over a hole in the plastering in his chamber.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • When I recovered, I found myself on a mat in an outhouse, and attended by my opponent, who was plastering up my head.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • At least Pete and I didn't think it was worth while to do all the plastering and painting they wanted!

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Common laborers were used for all the invert work, except the plastering which was done by masons who were paid 30 cts.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for plastering


a coating or layer of plaster


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
(Brit & Austral, NZ) an adhesive strip of material, usually medicated, for dressing a cut, wound, etc
to coat (a wall, ceiling, etc) with plaster
(transitive) to apply like plaster: she plastered make-up on her face
(transitive) to cause to lie flat or to adhere
(transitive) to apply a plaster cast to
(transitive) (slang) to strike or defeat with great force
Derived Forms
plasterer, noun
plastery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English, from Medieval Latin plastrum medicinal salve, building plaster, via Latin from Greek emplastron curative dressing, from em- + plassein to form
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Word Origin and History for plastering



late Old English plaster "medicinal application," from Vulgar Latin plastrum, shortened from Latin emplastrum "a plaster" (in the medical as well as the building sense), from Greek emplastron "salve, plaster" (used by Galen instead of more usual emplaston), noun use of neuter of emplastos "daubed on," from en- "on" + plastos "molded," from plassein "to mold" (see plasma). The building construction material is first recorded in English c.1300, via Old French plastre, from the same source, and in early use the English word often had the French spelling.


"to coat with plaster," early 14c., from plaster (n.) and partly Old French plastrier "to cover with plaster" (Modern French plâtrer), from plastre (see plaster (n.). Related: Plastered; plastering. Figurative use from c.1600. Meaning "to bomb (a target) heavily" is first recorded 1915. Sports sense of "to defeat decisively" is from 1919.

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plastering in Medicine

plaster plas·ter (plās'tər)

  1. Plaster of Paris.

  2. A pastelike mixture applied to a part of the body for healing or cosmetic purposes.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plastering



  1. A banknote, esp a one-dollar bill: If you need a couple of plasters until Ed gets out, tell me (1940s+)
  2. A person who surreptitiously follows another; shadow; tail: He probably knew he had a plaster by this time (1940s+)
  3. A subpoena or summons; arrest warrant (1950s+)


To cover or apply generously: They plastered the city with leaflets (1585+)

[money sense fr shinplaster, an early 19th-century term for ''currency of little value or very small denomination'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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