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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Adhesive substance resembling gelatin, extracted from animal tissue, particularly hides and bones, or from fish, casein (milk protein), or vegetables. Glue was used as early as 3000 BC in wooden-furniture construction in Egypt. Synthetic resin adhesives such as the epoxies are replacing glue for many uses, but glue is still widely used as an adhesive in woodworking and in certain manufacturing and other industrial processes.


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