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 There is a rope loop for hanging and this comes with two adhesive wall hooks. Chris Hachey, BGR, 6 July 2021 Just having adhesive bandages (Band-Aids), elastic bandages (ACE Wraps), clean gauze, and medical tape gives a ton of versatility. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Health.com, 2 July 2021 For plastic fencing, utilize self-adhesive plastic clips ($10, The Home Depot) or hooks. Kelly Roberson, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2021 These are non-adhesive and are constructed of premium materials for long-lasting quality. Chris Hachey, BGR, 28 Apr. 2021 The number of adhesive bandages (more than 20) seemed excessive. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Then use one of the 3M two-way adhesive pads to attach the camera to the windshield. Brad Moon, Forbes, 31 May 2021 If the adhesive pools up in the gaps around the tile, clean them out with a toothpick or other slender tool, so there’s room for grout. Washington Post, 23 May 2021 Silver touted the creation, a microsphere adhesive formulation, around the company like a traveling salesman. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then spread a bead of construction adhesive on the top edges of the risers, press the tread into place and nail it down. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Gold leafing comes in sheets that can be molded around a surface after an adhesive or sizing is applied. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 20 May 2021 Squeeze some construction adhesive onto the ends of the board. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2020 Nearly four months after Tessica Brown underwent surgery to remove the Gorilla Glue adhesive from her head, the 40-year-old is stepping into the hair care space. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2021 Williamson likes prints from Austin local Katie Kime as well as Spoonflower, where clients can upload their own designs for printing on paper thick enough to work with as a beginner, plus removable adhesive. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 12 June 2021 Apply gems along the liner with tweezers and adhesive. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 24 May 2021 On the downside, a suction mount would be preferable to the adhesive-and-magnet system used here, for easier transfer between vehicles. The Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2021 Secure flower frogs to the bottom of the container with floral tape or adhesive. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 20 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhesive. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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