Definition of paste in English:


Syllabification: paste
Pronunciation: /pāst


1A thick, soft, moist substance, usually produced by mixing dry ingredients with a liquid: blend onions, sugar, and oil to a paste
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  • One of the biggest changes that Hogwarth has seen over the years is a move away from royal icing to softer sugar paste.
  • Mosquito and ant bites can be relieved by the application of a moist bicarbonate of soda paste.
  • Dissolve the ground paste in thick buttermilk; add salt and pumpkin.
1.1A paste used as an adhesive, especially for sticking paper and other light materials: wallpaper paste
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  • On the contrary, the appearance of the soggy paper and paste looked rather ugly.
  • Halfway through the meal the pasta is congealed - a rubbery blob of gooey stuff fit only for use as paste to stick fliers to subway walls.
  • Is it magic, ghosts, or a weird adhesive concocted from ancient wallpaper paste, tobacco smoke and grime?
1.2A mixture consisting mainly of clay and water that is used in making ceramic ware, especially a mixture of low plasticity based on kaolin for making porcelain.
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  • The glaze could have been applied as a dry powder, although most was applied as a water based paste.
  • After this process, the replica is coated with a thin layer of clay paste and allowed to dry.
1.3A hard vitreous composition used in making imitation gems: [as modifier]: paste brooches
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  • The shop was promoting gold brooches from six shillings and sixpence, and gilt paste brooches from one shilling.
  • In its original sense enamel is glass or vitreous paste fused to a prepared surface, usually of metal, by means of intense heat.
  • His daughter Queen Elizabeth I was the first to wear paste jewellery to make herself look richer that she really was.


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1Coat with paste: when coating walls with fabric, paste the wall, not the fabric
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  • A skilled artisan, Mr. Misra says that the real potochitras are actually made on canvas made of bandage cloth which is pasted with a paste of tamarind and naturally occurring gum.
  • In an act of complete nonchalance, the 23 year-old Southampton lad started a food fight leaving other guests liable to be pasted with flying fish remains and crustaceans.
  • ‘I met several people pasting the advertisements with glue bottles and brushes,’ he said.
1.1 [with object and adverbial of place] Fasten or stick (something) onto something with paste: ads are pasted on the walls
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  • All Katie wants to do is cut out pictures from magazines and paste them to a poster board.
  • Collect these, paste them on a poster board, and laminate.
  • Just use decoupage glue to paste newspaper or magazine clippings on a $2 wooden box.
1.2 Computing Insert (a piece of text or other data copied from elsewhere).
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  • When previewing a set of sliced images, the HTML is in this window for simple copying and pasting into your HTML document.
  • Well, this is only a tiny matter of technology: all he needs to do is copy the relevant section and paste it into his document.
  • Once copied, the text is easily pasted into another document and read.
2 informal Beat or defeat severely: he pasted the guy and tied his ankles together
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  • These selfsame Bengals pasted a very respectable Denver team.
  • The Gators erase memories of their 62-24 massacre to Nebraska after the 1995 season by pasting the Wildcats.
  • Yes, we got absolutely pasted and looked like we weren't ready for a team like Germany.


late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin pasta 'medicinal preparation in the shape of a small square', probably from Greek pastē, (plural) pasta 'barley porridge', from pastos 'sprinkled'.

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