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adhesive

adjective ad·he·sive \ -ˈhē-siv , -ziv \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of adhesive

1 : tending to remain in association or memory
2 : tending to adhere or cause adherence
3 : prepared for adhering

adhesively

adverb

adhesiveness

noun

Examples of adhesive in a Sentence

  1. Cover the cut with an adhesive bandage.

  2. walked barefoot through adhesive, clayey mud

Recent Examples of adhesive from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of adhesive

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

adhesive Synonyms

Synonyms
adherent, sticky, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, tenacious, viscid
Antonyms
nonadhesive
Related Words
gelatinous, gooey, ropy (also ropey), syrupy, viscous; pitchy, tarry
Near Antonyms
nonviscous

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adhesive

noun

Definition of adhesive

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

Examples of adhesive in a Sentence

  1. You'll need a strong adhesive to attach the boards.

  2. prefers postage stamps coated with adhesive so that she doesn't have to do any licking

Recent Examples of adhesive from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of adhesive

derivative of 1adhesive

adhesive Synonyms


ADHESIVE Defined for English Language Learners

adhesive

adjective

Definition of adhesive for English Language Learners

  • : designed to stick to something


adhesive

noun

Definition of adhesive for English Language Learners

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


ADHESIVE Defined for Kids

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adhesive

adjective ad·he·sive \ ad-ˈhē-siv , -ziv \

Definition of adhesive for Students

: tending to stick : sticky
  • adhesive bandages

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adhesive

noun

Definition of adhesive for Students

: a substance that is used to make things stick together

Medical Dictionary

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adhesive

adjective ad·he·sive \ -ˈhē-siv , -ziv \

medical Definition of adhesive

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

adhesively

adverb

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adhesive

noun

medical Definition of adhesive

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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