1. [syn: cast, plaster cast, plaster bandage]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plaster \Plas"ter\, n. [AS., a plaster (in sense 1), fr. L.
emplastrum, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to daub on, stuff in; ? in + ? to
mold: cf. OF. plastre a plaster (in sense 2), F. pl[^a]tre.
Cf. Plastic, Emplaster, Piaster.] [Formerly written
1. (Med.) An external application of a consistency harder
than ointment, prepared for use by spreading it on linen,
leather, silk, or other material. It is adhesive at the
ordinary temperature of the body, and is used, according
to its composition, to produce a medicinal effect, to bind
parts together, etc.; as, a porous plaster; sticking
2. A composition of lime, water, and sand, with or without
hair as a bond, for coating walls, ceilings, and
partitions of houses. See Mortar.
3. Calcined gypsum, or plaster of Paris, especially when
ground, as used for making ornaments, figures, moldings,
etc.; or calcined gypsum used as a fertilizer.
Plaster cast, a copy of an object obtained by pouring
plaster of Paris mixed with water into a mold.
Plaster of Paris. [So called because originally brought
from a suburb of Paris.] (Chem.) Anhydrous calcium
sulphate, or calcined gypsum, which forms with water a
paste which soon sets or hardens, and is used for casts,
moldings, etc. The term is loosely applied to any plaster
stone or species of gypsum.
Plaster of Paris bandage (Surg.), a bandage saturated with
a paste of plaster of Paris, which on drying forms a
perfectly fitting splint.
Plaster stone, any species of gypsum. See Gypsum.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of
plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they
heal [syn: cast, plaster cast, plaster bandage]