Pronunciation: (pāst), [key]
— n., v., past•ed, past•ing.
- 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, esp. 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.
- a hard smack, blow, or punch, esp. on the face.
- to fasten or stick with paste or the like.
- to cover with something applied by means of paste.
- to hit (a person) hard, esp. on the face.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.