1. a mixture of flour and water, often with starch or the like, used for causing paper or other material to adhere to something.
  2. any soft, smooth, and plastic material or preparation.
  3. dough, especially when prepared with shortening, as for making pie crust and other pastry: puff paste.
  4. any of various semisoft fruit confections of pliable consistency: almond paste; guava paste.
  5. a preparation of fish, tomatoes, or other food reduced to a smooth, soft mass, as for a relish or for seasoning.
  6. pasta.
  7. a mixture of clay, water, etc., for making pottery or porcelain.
  8. Jewelry.
    1. a brilliant, heavy glass, as strass, used for making artificial gems.
    2. an artificial gem of this material.
  9. Slang. a hard smack, blow, or punch, especially on the face.

verb (used with object), past·ed, past·ing.

  1. to fasten or stick with paste or the like.
  2. to cover with something applied by means of paste.
  3. Slang. to hit (a person) hard, especially on the face.
  4. Computers. to insert (copied text, images, etc.) into a file.Compare copy(def 15), cut(def 24).

verb (used without object)

  1. Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.Compare cut(def 42).


  1. a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
  2. an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
  3. a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
  4. any of various sweet doughy confectionsalmond paste
  5. dough, esp when prepared with shortening, as for making pastry
    1. Also called: strassa hard shiny glass used for making imitation gems
    2. an imitation gem made of this glass
  6. the combined ingredients of porcelainSee also hard paste, soft paste

verb (tr)

  1. (often foll by on or onto) to attach by or as if by using pastehe pasted posters onto the wall
  2. (usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesivehe pasted the wall with posters


  1. (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.

  1. A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.

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