adhesive

adjective
ad·​he·​sive | \ -ˈhē-siv How to pronounce adhesive (audio) , -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

Even nonfans admit that his music has adhesive properties. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them.," 5 Aug. 2019 Clamshells sometimes have strong adhesive stickers attached that can’t be removed, making the clamshell ineligible for recycling. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "This common plastic packaging is a recycling nightmare," 26 July 2019 Available in band sizes 32-42 and cup sizes A-F. Nudwear Backless Bra This adhesive bra is a lifesaver for outfits with an open back or difficult-to-hide straps. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "16 Best Bras for Every Size and Body Type," 25 July 2019 That agency, a public-private partnership that organizes the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill, recommends using Velcro, adhesive gel or QuakeHold Museum Wax to affix those items directly to shelves. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "The 9 earthquake hazards lurking in your home," 13 July 2019 But a new review of studies in the journal Matter suggests the thing that makes mussels so maddening—their adhesive power—could have all sorts of applications in engineering. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mussels’ Sticky Threads Could Inspire Ways to Clean Up Oil Spills, Purify Water and More," 13 July 2019 The adhesive disc and syringe adapter are similar, if not identical, to the simpler kit's, and are applied in an identical fashion. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Cracked Windshield," 27 June 2019 The adhesive skin exudate of Notaden bennetti frogs (Anura: Limnodynastidae) has similarities to the prey capture glue of Euperipatoides sp. Dani Rabaiotti, Quartz, "What animal farts—yes, animal farts—can teach us about climate change," 18 June 2019 According to the press release, University of Pennsylvania graduate student and study co-first author Jason Christopher Jolly volunteered to demonstrate PHEMA’s strength by suspending himself from a harness held up by two tiny adhesive patches. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Snail-Inspired Super Glue Can Support the Weight of a 200-Pound Human," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Corteva, DowDuPont’s agtech arm, will likely bring the first Crispr crop to market in the US—an even waxier waxy corn, which gets processed into food thickeners and adhesives. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How," 8 Aug. 2019 Take away this adhesive, and some dangerous centrifugal forces would be unleashed. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and Lax Gun Laws Are Tearing America Apart," 7 Aug. 2019 Move heavy objects to lower shelves and secure hanging objects, cabinet doors and appliances with safety straps, fasteners and adhesives. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "It’s never too early to prepare for an earthquake," 12 July 2019 Shiny food wrappers Wrappers from potato chip bags, granola bars or candy bars are typically made from aluminum foil and contain adhesives. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Six items that people try to recycle, but shouldn’t," 12 June 2019 With this particular adhesive, the curing process could take weeks, months or even as much as a year, especially for plates (or vases, donabe pots, mugs, tagines, candleholders and platters) with more intricate puzzle pieces to reassemble. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s master of modern kintsugi," 2 Aug. 2019 These adhere via a suction cup or a special adhesive. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "MN drivers: If you want to use your phone in the car, you’ll need a mount. Here’s how to select one.," 25 July 2019 Seven different types of adhesive, including epoxy and super glue, will hold bones together during the cleaning process, Bastien said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Dig complete, triceratops bones can now be found at Denver museum," 16 July 2019 They were created to maintain UMR’s momentum in closing the achievement gap, to be a social adhesive as the campus grows so that students don’t feel lost. Mikhail Zinshteyn, Washington Post, "Closing the achievement gap, with help from the Mayo Clinic," 27 June 2019

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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 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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