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American English: /ˈplæstɪk/
British English: /ˈplastɪk/

Translation of plastic in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable and countable (substance) it is made of plastic
    es de plástico
    (before noun) (chair/cup/bag)
    de plástico
    plastic card
    tarjeta (feminine) de plástico
    plastic mac (British) plastic money (Finance) [colloquial]
    dinero (masculine) de plástico [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • One woman carried a picture frame encased in transparent plastic.
    • People were wearing dust masks and everything stank of burnt plastic.
    • The Dublin company is one of Europe's leading producers of clear sheet plastic, with a 30 per cent share in that market.
  • 2 uncountable (credit cards) [colloquial]
    tarjetas (feminine plural) de crédito
    let's pay by plastic
    paguemos con tarjeta
    Example sentences
    • Swapping your expensive plastic for a credit card that charges no interest on balance transfers and purchases for up to nine months.
    • Check out the fantastic plastic in our Credit Card centre.
    • The number of credit and store cards has doubled to 74 million, which means that every adult holds two pieces of credit plastic in his or her wallet.


  • 1 (bland, artificial) [derogatory]
    de plástico [derogatory]
    Example sentences
    • After she broke down in the dressing room, all she could try to do was fake a plastic smile and pray that it will be over soon.
    • She looks at me and puts on a plastic smile. ‘Sir, it will take about ten minutes if you don't mind waiting.’
    • I know that you've seen his plastic smile on a thousand eager faces before.
  • 2 2.1 (malleable) (Technology)
    Example sentences
    • Wet into wet, and the use of salt or alcohol in wet paint suggested the plastic foam material from which the noodles are made.
    • The process to make the cap includes positioning viscous plastic material in a mold to produce the desired retention member shape.
    • This is a thin film that's been coated onto a flexible plastic material backed by a strong glue.
    Example sentences
    • In crystalline solids, plastic deformation tends to be confined to crystallographic planes of atoms which have a low resistance to shear.
    • Similar dynamics is observed in the plastic deformation of solids, in particular glasses.
    • The stress at which plastic deformation or yielding is observed to begin depends on the sensitivity of the strain measurements.
    2.2 (Art) the plastic arts
    las artes plásticas
    Example sentences
    • The topic was also addressed for several day through works of plastic art and performances.
    • Four principal types of source pertain to the subject: literature, works of graphic or plastic art, archaeological remains, and notated pieces of music.
    • To the ancient Greeks, the body was an object of esthetic contemplation, raised by their plastic art to the loftiest peaks of sublimity.
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