adhesive

adjective
ad·​he·​sive | \ ad-ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) , -ziv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) , əd- \

Definition of adhesive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tending to remain in association or memory
2 : tending to adhere or cause adherence
3 : prepared for adhering
4 medical : characterized by the formation of new fibrous tissue resulting from an inflammatory process adhesive inflammations

adhesive

noun

Definition of adhesive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an adhesive substance (such as glue or cement)
2 : a postage stamp with a gummed back

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Other Words from adhesive

Adjective

adhesively adverb
adhesiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for adhesive

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of adhesive in a Sentence

Adjective Cover the cut with an adhesive bandage. walked barefoot through adhesive, clayey mud Noun You'll need a strong adhesive to attach the boards. prefers postage stamps coated with adhesive so that she doesn't have to do any licking
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Then there is mayonnaise’s adhesive powers in coating chicken tenders, fish filets, pork chops and Mexican street corn. Greg Morago, ExpressNews.com, "New cookbook stars Duke’s Mayonnaise, the South’s favorite mayo," 8 July 2020 The researchers also added adhesive sensors to the faces of people used to test the device -- between their eyebrows and on one side of their mouths -- to capture facial expressions that are a part of American Sign Language. Rob Picheta, CNN, "This new high-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time," 30 June 2020 All available wallpapers are made-to-order and composed of 100% polyester fabric and self-adhesive vinyl. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "Sunny Removable Wallpaper Patterns for a Fast Summer Room Refresh," 29 June 2020 Freling recommends using easy-to-remove self-adhesive strips for hanging. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Create a Home-Away-from-Home with These Dorm Decorating Ideas," 25 June 2020 Any form of adhesive bandage or gauze pads will do. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Time to stock your medicine cabinet for the pandemic," 4 June 2020 They're each attached to the modules with a new thermally conductive heating adhesive gel. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Audi Fine-Tunes e-tron Battery System, Aiming for Faster Charging," 5 June 2020 Heck, slap an adhesive strip on the back of the phone and stick it on the wall. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "How to Set Up Your Kid’s Virtual Work/Play Space," 18 May 2020 There’s also a handy SD/TF card storage segment and even a big adhesive pocket for a tablet. Popular Science, "The best things to organize your wires," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Construction adhesive, sold in tubes that fit into a caulking gun, is the best glue for this. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Filling the gap that causes a squeaky floor," 15 June 2020 Others state that dextrin, an edible carbohydrate produced from corn or potato starch, is used to make the adhesive. Bill Sullivan, The Conversation, "Science of ‘Seinfeld’," 5 June 2020 They're each attached to the modules with a new thermally conductive heating adhesive gel. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Audi Fine-Tunes e-tron Battery System, Aiming for Faster Charging," 5 June 2020 Transfer the mesh with tiles on it to the prepared surface and gently press the tiles into adhesive. Kim Hutchison, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Mosaic: 3 Easy Projects You Can Make This Weekend," 3 June 2020 Today, the Marra and other people in northern Australia still use beeswax as an adhesive to repair spears, harpoons, and other tools; most men carry a ball of beeswax as part of their personal kit, just in case. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Rare miniature rock art found in Australia," 2 June 2020 One white woman was observed applying an adhesive to a traffic cone in an attempt to adhere it to the roadway while a black protester walked by, turning his head in apparent surprise. Anchorage Daily News, "White instigators to blame for much of mayhem, officials say," 2 June 2020 The sticky adhesive can also adhere to other items, resulting in a larger clog. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Everyday Items You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet," 6 Apr. 2020 This mini gel ice pack measures 2 inches by 2 inches and has an adhesive back, which allows you to place it anywhere on your body without having to tape or wrap it. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "11 clever ways to spend your FSA money before you lose it," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of adhesive

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adhesive

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin adhaesīvus, from Latin adhaesus (past participle of adhaerēre "to adhere") + -īvus -ive

Noun

derivative of adhesive entry 1

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Time Traveler for adhesive

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The first known use of adhesive was in 1661

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22 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adhesive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhesive. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for adhesive

adhesive

adjective
How to pronounce adhesive (audio) How to pronounce adhesive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of adhesive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: designed to stick to something

adhesive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adhesive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (such as glue or cement) that is used to make things stick together

adhesive

adjective
ad·​he·​sive | \ ad-ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) , -ziv \

Kids Definition of adhesive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to stick : sticky adhesive bandages

adhesive

noun

Kids Definition of adhesive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that is used to make things stick together

adhesive

adjective
ad·​he·​sive | \ -ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) , -ziv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) \

Medical Definition of adhesive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : tending to adhere or cause adherence adhesive resins
b : prepared for adhering an adhesive bandage
2 : characterized by adhesions adhesive inflammation

Other Words from adhesive

adhesively adverb

adhesive

noun

Medical Definition of adhesive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an adhesive substance especially : a substance (as glue, starch, paste, or mucilage) that bonds two materials together by adhering to the surface of each

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