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A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] plasticus (of molding), from Ancient Greek πλαστικός (plastikos), from πλάσσειν (plassein), to mold, form).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
plastic

Plural
-

plastic (-)
  1. (obsolete) A sculptor, moulder.
  2. (archaic) Any solid but malleable substance.
  3. A stiff but usually slightly flexible synthetic material, generally consisting of a hydrocarbon-based polymer.
  4. Any similar synthetic material.
  5. (colloquial) credit or debit cards used in place of cash to buy goods and services.

Translations

Adjective

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Positive
plastic

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  1. Capable of being moulded; malleable, flexible, pliant.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 103:
      the rage [...] betook itself at last to certain missile weapons; which, though from their plastic nature they threatened neither the loss of life or of limb, were, however, sufficiently dreadful to a well-dressed lady.
  2. Of or pertaining to the inelastic, non-brittle, deformation of a material.
  3. (dated) Creative, formative.
  4. (biology) Capable of adapting to varying conditions; characterized by environmental adaptability.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Producing tissue.
  6. Constructed of plastic.
  7. Inferior or not the real thing; ersatz (especially when made of plastic instead of an alterate material).

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