adhesive

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adjective

ad·​he·​sive ad-ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) -ziv How to pronounce adhesive (audio)
əd-
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
adhesively adverb
adhesiveness noun

adhesive

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
If the carpet padding is stuck to the concrete subfloor with an adhesive, use a floor scraper to remove the pieces of padding, although tough areas may require a commercial adhesive remover or an oscillating tool to free the carpet padding. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 July 2024 Robots are often covered in a material made to resemble flesh, such as silicone, which is attached via an adhesive or fastening — but this can lead to the skin falling off or breaking, says Wang. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 28 June 2024
Noun
The adhesive that holds the trim piece may have been installed improperly, Tesla said in NHTSA documents. Hannah Ziegler, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 This adhesive needs to be removed—iFixit cut it away with a thin plastic tool, and closing the tablet back up securely would likely require new adhesive to be applied. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for adhesive 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Noun

derivative of adhesive entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of adhesive was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Adhesive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhesive. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

adhesive

1 of 2 adjective
ad·​he·​sive ad-ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio)
əd-,
-ziv
: tending to adhere : prepared for adhering
adhesiveness noun

adhesive

2 of 2 noun
: an adhesive substance (as glue or cement)

Medical Definition

adhesive

1 of 2 adjective
ad·​he·​sive -ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) -ziv How to pronounce adhesive (audio)
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

adhesive

2 of 2 noun
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
2

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