What is plastic?

  • (adj): Used of the imagination.
    Example: "Material...transformed by the plastic power of the imagination"--Coleridge
    See also — Additional definitions below


A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are partially natural.

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Some articles on plastic:

Lego Timeline - 20th Century - 1940s
1947 Ole Kirk purchases the first plastic moulding machine in Denmark, and the company begins manufacturing plastic toys. 1949 Lego begins producing similar plastic bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks." ...
Scalextric - History
... Their subsidiary Rovex, which specialised in plastic, then developed Scalextric, converting the metal cars to the easier and cheaper to mould plastic ... The track, which was originally a rubber compound, became moulded plastic at a later date ...
Plastic - Etymology
... The word plastic is derived from the Greek πλαστικός (plastikos) meaning capable of being shaped or molded, from πλαστός (plastos) meaning molded ... The common word plastic should not be confused with the technical adjective plastic, which is applied to any material which undergoes a permanent change of shape (plastic deformation ... stamped or forged, for instance, exhibits plasticity in this sense, but is not plastic in the common sense in contrast, in their finished forms, some plastics will break before deforming and therefore ...
Exploding Plastic Inevitable
... The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, sometimes simply called Plastic Inevitable or EPI, was a series of multimedia events organized by Andy Warhol between 1966 and 1967, featuring musical performances by The ... Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable is also the title of a 18-minute film by Ronald Nameth with recordings from one week of performances of the shows which were filmed. 1966 Warhol included a one-off magazine called The Plastic Exploding Inevitable as part of the Aspen No ...
... Eduard Model Accessories is a Czech manufacturer of plastic models and finescale model accessories ... Following the success of their early products, the company branched off into plastic models in 1993 ... As of 2006, Eduard's product line contained some 30 plastic kits and more than 800 individual photoetch detail sets ...

More definitions of "plastic":

  • (adj): Capable of being influenced or formed.
    Example: "The plastic minds of children"
    Synonyms: pliant
  • (adj): Capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material).
    Example: "Plastic substances such as wax or clay"
    Synonyms: fictile, moldable
  • (noun): 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 adhesives.

Famous quotes containing the word plastic:

    And I threw a little earth
    on the pink coffin
    covered by the fake plastic grass
    and said O.K., God,
    if it’s the end of the world,
    it must be necessary.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll;
    On plastic clay and leathern scroll,
    Man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed,
    And lo! the Press was found at last!
    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

    What a wonderful faculty is memory!—the most mysterious and inexplicable in the great riddle of life; that plastic tablet on which the Almighty registers with unerring fidelity the records of being, making it the depository of all our words, thoughts and deeds—this faithful witness against us for good or evil.
    Susanna Moodie (1803–1885)