- a mixture of flour and water, often with starch or the like, used for causing paper or other material to adhere to something.
- any soft, smooth, and plastic material or preparation.
- dough, especially when prepared with shortening, as for making pie crust and other pastry: puff paste.
- any of various semisoft fruit confections of pliable consistency: almond paste; guava paste.
- a preparation of fish, tomatoes, or other food reduced to a smooth, soft mass, as for a relish or for seasoning.
- a mixture of clay, water, etc., for making pottery or porcelain.
- a brilliant, heavy glass, as strass, used for making artificial gems.
- an artificial gem of this material.
- Slang. a hard smack, blow, or punch, especially on the face.
verb (used with object), past·ed, past·ing.
- to fasten or stick with paste or the like.
- to cover with something applied by means of paste.
- Slang. to hit (a person) hard, especially on the face.
- Computers. to insert (copied text, images, etc.) into a file.Compare copy(def 15), cut(def 24).
verb (used without object)
- Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.Compare cut(def 42).
- a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
- an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
- a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
- any of various sweet doughy confectionsalmond paste
- dough, esp when prepared with shortening, as for making pastry
- Also called: strassa hard shiny glass used for making imitation gems
- an imitation gem made of this glass
- the combined ingredients of porcelainSee also hard paste, soft paste
- (often foll by on or onto) to attach by or as if by using pastehe pasted posters onto the wall
- (usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesivehe pasted the wall with posters
- (tr) slang to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly
n.c.1300 (mid-12c. as a surname), “dough,” from Old French paste “dough, pastry” (13c., Modern French pâte), from Late Latin pasta “dough, pastry cake, paste” (see pasta). Meaning “glue mixture” is first attested mid-15c. v.2“hit hard,” 1846, probably an alteration of baste “beat” (see lambaste). Related: Pasted; pasting. v.1“to stick with paste,” 1560s; see paste (n.). Related: Pasted; pasting. n.
- A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.