What is plastic?

  • (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
    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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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." ...
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 ...
Scalextric - History
... subsidiary Rovex, which specialised in plastic, then developed Scalextric, converting the metal cars to the easier and cheaper to mould plastic ... which was originally a rubber compound, became moulded plastic at a later date ...
... Eduard Model Accessories is a Czech manufacturer of plastic models and finescale model accessories ... of their early products, the company branched off into plastic models in 1993 ... of 2006, Eduard's product line contained some 30 plastic kits and more than 800 individual photoetch detail sets ...
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 ... 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 ... In December 1966 Warhol included a one-off magazine called The Plastic Exploding Inevitable as part of the Aspen No ...

More definitions of "plastic":

  • (adj): Used of the imagination.
    Example: "Material...transformed by the plastic power of the imagination"--Coleridge
  • (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.
  • (adj): Capable of being influenced or formed.
    Example: "The plastic minds of children"
    Synonyms: pliant

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    The site of the true bottomless financial pit is the toy store. It’s amazing how much a few pieces of plastic and paper will sell for if the purchasers are parents or grandparent, especially when the manufacturers claim their product improves a child’s intellectual or physical development.
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century)

    The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
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    These arts open great gates of a future, promising to make the world plastic and to lift human life out of its beggary to a god- like ease and power.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)