plasticplas‧tic1 /ˈplæstɪk/ ●●●S2W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1TIMHCEmade of plastic 🔊 a plastic spoon 🔊 plastic bags2technicalCF a plastic substance can be formed into many different shapes and keeps the shape it is formed into until someone changes it3ARTIFICIALsomething that is plastic looks or tastesartificial or not natural 🔊 plastic food 🔊 I hate that plastic smile of hers.
plasticplastic2 ●●●S3W2 noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable, uncountable]HCP a light strong material that is produced by a chemical process, and which can be made into different shapes when it is soft 🔊 children’s toys made of plastic 🔊 the plastics industry2[uncountable] informalBFMONEY small plastic cards that are used to pay for things instead of money syn credit cards 🔊 ‘I haven’t got any cash.’ ‘Don’t worry, I’ll stick it on the plastic (=pay for it using a credit card).’ 🔊 Do they take plastic? (=can you pay using a credit card?)
Examples from the Corpus
plastic• Not a piece of sticky-back plastic, a toiletroll or a BluePeterbadge in sight!• Some industries, for example plastics, will evidently not be greatly affected.• The doors are made of plastic so they don't dent.• You have the following equipment: a large piece of plastic, rope, and an air tank.• The company experimented with variousplastics but found that aluminum was still the best option.• I didn't have the cash for a trip home, so I paid with plastic.From Longman Business Dictionaryplasticplas‧tic /ˈplæstɪk/ noun [uncountable] informala CREDIT CARD, or credit cards in generalI’m going to have to pay for this with plastic.