Plastic force
Plastic Plas"tic (pl[a^]s"t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

See plastic Nature working to his end. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; -- used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Medallions . . . fraught with the plastic beauty and grace of the palmy days of Italian art. --J. S. Harford. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Plastic force — Force Force, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis strong. See {Fort}, n.] 1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plastic force — noun The force or power of growth in animals and plants • • • Main Entry: ↑plastic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Plastic — Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature working to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plastic clay — Plastic Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plastic element — Plastic Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plastic exudation — Plastic Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plastic foods — Plastic Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plastic operation — Plastic Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plastic surgery — Plastic Plas tic (pl[a^]s t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.] 1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Prior. [1913 Webster] See plastic Nature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Force — Force, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis strong. See {Fort}, n.] 1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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