noun \ˈglü\

: a substance used to stick things tightly together

Full Definition of GLUE

a :  any of various strong adhesive substances; especially :  a hard protein chiefly gelatinous substance that absorbs water to form a viscous solution with strong adhesive properties and that is obtained by cooking down collagenous materials (as hides or bones)
b :  a solution of glue used for sticking things together
:  something that binds together <enough social glue…to satisfy the human desire for community — E. D. Hirsch, Jr.>
glu·ey \ˈglü-ē\ adjective
glu·i·ly \ˈglü-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of GLUE

  1. The hardware store offers several different glues.
  2. <used glue to stick the photo in the album>

Origin of GLUE

Middle English glu, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin glut-, glus; akin to Latin gluten glue — more at clay
First Known Use: 14th century



: to make (something) stick to something else by using glue

: to stay in one place because of interest, shock, excitement, etc.

gluedglu·ing also glue·ing

Full Definition of GLUE

transitive verb
:  to cause to stick tightly with or as if with glue <gluing the parts together> <used that war to glue together a frail story — Gloria Emerson>
:  to cause to remain continuously or to be fixed steadily —usually used with to <the spectators were glued to their seats> <all eyes glued to the TV screen>

Examples of GLUE

  1. I glued the pieces of the cup back together.

First Known Use of GLUE

14th century


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