1

adhesive

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

Definition of adhesive

  1. 1 :  tending to remain in association or memory

  2. 2 :  tending to adhere or cause adherence

  3. 3 :  prepared for adhering

adhesively

adverb

adhesiveness

noun

Examples of adhesive in a Sentence

  1. Cover the cut with an adhesive bandage.

  2. walked barefoot through adhesive, clayey mud

1661

First Known Use of adhesive

1661


2

adhesive

noun ad·he·sive

Definition of adhesive

  1. 1 :  an adhesive substance (such as glue or cement)

  2. 2 :  a postage stamp with a gummed back

Examples of adhesive in a Sentence

  1. You'll need a strong adhesive to attach the boards.

  2. prefers postage stamps coated with adhesive so that she doesn't have to do any licking

1849

First Known Use of adhesive

1849


ADHESIVE Defined for English Language Learners

1

adhesive

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

Definition of adhesive for English Language Learners

  • : designed to stick to something

2

adhesive

noun ad·he·sive

Definition of adhesive for English Language Learners

  • : a substance (such as glue or cement) that is used to make things stick together


ADHESIVE Defined for Kids

1

adhesive

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

Definition of adhesive for Students

  1. :  tending to stick :  sticky adhesive bandages


2

adhesive

play
noun ad·he·sive

Definition of adhesive for Students

  1. :  a substance that is used to make things stick together


Medical Dictionary

1

adhesive

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

Medical Definition of adhesive

  1. 1a:  tending to adhere or cause adherence adhesive resinsb:  prepared for adhering an adhesive bandage

  2. 2:  characterized by adhesions adhesive inflammation

adhesively

adverb

2

adhesive

noun ad·he·sive

Medical Definition of adhesive

  1. 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. 2:  adhesive tape



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up adhesive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!