plas·tic /ˈplæstɪk/ 形容詞
1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator.
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 graphic arts.
Medallions . . . fraught with the plastic beauty and grace of the palmy days of Italian art. --J. S. Harford.
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.
Plastic foods. Physiol. See the second Note under Food.
Plastic force. Physiol. See under Force.
Plastic operation, an operation in plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery, that branch of surgery which is concerned with the repair or restoration of lost, injured, or deformed parts of the body.
adj 1: used of the imagination; "material...transformed by the
plastic power of the imagination"--Coleridge
2: 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]
3: capable of being influenced or formed; "the plastic minds of
children"; "a pliant nature" [syn: pliant]
n : 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