adhesive

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

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

adherent, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, sticky, tacky, tenacious, viscid

Synonyms: Noun

bond, cement, glue, size

Antonyms: Adjective

nonadhesive

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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

Blue rubber mulch slopes upward from the pool, extending the yard’s clean ultramarine look, all accentuated by aggregate coated with gray non-slip adhesive paint. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "Before and After: A reimagined Midcentury design helps turn a home from frumpy to fabulous," 6 July 2018 The retaliation list reportedly includes duties worth over 18 billion euro ($21.07 billion), on items such as frozen fish, raisins, suitcases, and adhesive bandages. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The EU Is Preparing New Tariffs to Strike Back in Its Trade War With Trump—Ketchup, Beware," 6 July 2018 These are super-thin, rubbery cups that are completely adhesive along the inside. Annie James, Cosmopolitan, "I Tried 16 Sticky Bras — Here Are the Ones That Actually Worked," 24 Feb. 2016 Both the Medtronic and Dexcom sensors stick to the skin with adhesive backs. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Cutting-edge tech makes diabetes management easier (and less painful) than ever," 7 June 2018 Position over the hole, using the screen's adhesive sides to secure it. Richard P. Zemsky, Popular Mechanics, "The 3 Tools That Every Homeowner Must Own," 27 Sep. 2017 The main 60-foot-long machine adds colors, applies adhesive, makes die cuts, prints security numbers and attaches holographs. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chances are, the wristband you got at that concert or festival was made by Artemax in New Berlin," 5 June 2018 In the bathroom: While many bathroom sinks will come with frameless mirrors mounted on the wall with adhesive, Downs recommends bringing in a professional to add a frame around that mirror for added visual interest. Amy Preiser, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need To Know Before You Hang A Mirror," 1 Mar. 2016 The stamps and adhesive areas of the envelopes were also tested about 10 years ago, but the DNA indicators were too small to be considered useful. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Zodiac murder case: Police taking another look at DNA evidence," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tags are about the size of a wallet and were attached to the turtles with marine epoxy, a permanent, waterproof adhesive. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Five loggerhead sea turtles return to ocean after 6 months at aquarium hospital," 3 July 2018 This will activate the adhesive, which instantly bonds to the screen. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair a Torn Window Screen," 2 Apr. 2018 Apply a generous amount of construction adhesive to the backing board. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall," 8 Feb. 2017 Nikolich uses multiple zip ties or a strong construction adhesive to hang her work (the latter is a sturdier option). Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Meet the Philly artist who yarn bombing around the city to attract Taylor Swift's attention," 10 July 2018 The humidity of sweltering Washington D.C. would soften the adhesive at the edges of the Declaration. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence," 3 July 2018 This is especially true for applying sealants and adhesives. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla built a giant tent to expand production of the Model 3," 22 June 2018 In all, 26 separate plants brew an array of petrochemicals from oil and gas for foam, insulation and plastics, as well as chemicals that will go into adhesives, coatings and cosmetics. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 The company's polyurethanes segment, which sells chemicals used in insulation, consumer goods, adhesives and automobiles, performed especially well thanks to greater demand and higher selling prices. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Huntsman Corp. posts strong first-quarter profit," 1 May 2018

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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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The first known use of adhesive was in 1661

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adhesive

adjective

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 , -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 , -ziv \

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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