paste

Definitions

General English

Computing

  • verb to insert text or graphics that has been copied or cut into a file

Construction

  • caulk or lime putty.
  • A concentrated pigment that must be diluted before it is applied.

Electronics

  • In a battery or cell, an immobilized electrolyte which is in the form of a paste, as opposed, for instance, to a liquid.
  • The placement of text, images, files, or other content in a location other than that where it was copied or cut from.

Food

  • The name given to any thick relatively smooth semi-solid which is spreadable, such as a flour water paste or pastry but more specifically to cooked and pounded meat and fish mixed with flavourings and extenders

Information & Library Science

  • verb to place text, data or an image into a document electronically

Medical

  • noun a medicinal ointment which is very thick and is spread or rubbed onto the skin

Publishing

  • noun light glue, used for sticking paper

Travel

  • noun thin glue, usually made of flour and water
  • noun a soft substance

Origin & History of “paste”

Greek pástē denoted a sort of ‘porridge made from barley’ (it was a derivative of the verb pássein ‘sprinkle’). Late Latin borrowed it as pasta, by which time it had come to mean ‘dough’. From this were descended Italian pasta (acquired by English in the late 19th century) and Old French paste, source of English paste. This at first meant ‘pastry, dough’, a sense now largely taken over by the related pastry. The meaning ‘glue’ did not emerge until the 16th century, ‘soft mixture’ until as recently as the 17th century. other related forms in English include pastel (17th c.), which comes via French from the Italian diminutive pastello; pastiche (19th c.), which comes, again via French, from Italian pasticcio ‘pie’, hence ‘hotchpotch’; and pasty (13th c.), paté (18th c.), and patty (18th c.), all of which go back to medieval Latin *pastāta.
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