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glue

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noun \ˈglü\

Simple Definition of glue

  • : a substance used to stick things tightly together

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of glue

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  something that binds together <enough social glue…to satisfy the human desire for community — E. D. Hirsch, Jr.>

gluey

play \ˈglü-ē\ adjective

gluily

play \ˈglü-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of glue in a sentence

  1. The hardware store offers several different glues.

  2. <used glue to stick the photo in the album>



Origin and Etymology 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


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glue

verb

Simple Definition of glue

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of glue

glued

gluing

also

glueing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  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>

  3. 2 :  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 in a sentence

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



14th Century

First Known Use of glue

14th century



GLUE Defined for Kids

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glue

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noun \ˈglü\

Definition of glue for Students

  1. :  a substance used to stick things tightly together

gluey

\ˈglü-ē\ adjective



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glue

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verb

Definition of glue for Students

glued

gluing

  1. :  to stick with or as if with glue <… here they were, eyes glued on my mother and taking in every word. — Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant>





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