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

The hole is filled with a waxy adhesive to hold the weight in place and then covered in D-C-Fix, an adhesive film. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Simple Yet Sophisticated Chess Set," 27 July 2016 Spray the stencil with adhesive spray and cover with glitter. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "If You're Not Throwing a Pumpkin-Painting D.I.Wine Night, You're Missing Out," 5 Oct. 2018 Some, from sites like Room 422 and Dorm Decor, even come equipped with adhesive hooks or Velcro, and built-in charging stations. Michelle Higgins, The Seattle Times, "How to dress up a dorm room," 25 Sep. 2018 Perricone compares the texture of the eye cream to that of an eraser — balmy and slightly adhesive. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Perricone MD Launches Essential Fx Skin-Care Line With Vitamin F," 9 Aug. 2018 These days, a typical week’s worth of trash might contain a receipt or two, fruit stickers, a wine-bottle cap, a label, an adhesive bandage and some packing tape. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "She cut her weekly trash down so much it fits in an unbelievably small jar," 7 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its teardown reveals lots of adhesive, even more magnets, and only a few surprises inside the newest Apple tablet. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown," 12 Nov. 2018 Affix paper smoothly in place with adhesive, like decoupage medium. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "7 New Ways to Decorate With Wallpaper," 26 Mar. 2010 Unzipping polymers could also produce adhesives that can be turned off. Xiaozhi Lim, The Seattle Times, "Chemists in search of their Holy Grail: a plastic designed to die," 6 Aug. 2018 Redhouse Studio To create a biobrick, construction waste (read: wood or insulation) is combined with plant material, microbes, and natural adhesives like fungi and then ground into pulp. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Can mushrooms help turn demolished buildings into new ones?," 18 July 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Scotch tape and industrial adhesives maker 3M Co. also lowered its earnings forecast for the year and reported slower sales growth in the third quarter, citing currency troubles. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Signs of Profit Peak Put Global Stocks at a Crossroads," 4 Nov. 2018 Each of the designs comes in adhesive sheets that are peeled and placed like a giant sticker. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury modern wallpaper lets you live out your 1950s dreams," 5 Oct. 2018 If your wig is sewn along your hairline, however, wear a silk bonnet or scarf at night to protect the hair and keep it in tip-top shape (the same goes for full-lace wigs that have been applied with an adhesive). Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 2018 Holes will be drilled, and stainless-steel rods will be inserted with an epoxy adhesive. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 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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More Definitions for adhesive

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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