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

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 Each bandage was evaluated absorbency, adhesive properties, sterility, occlusivity, flexibility and brand name. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Miplitas community briefs for the week of June 14," 9 June 2019 Use adhesive silk screens and acrylic paint for highly detailed lace and botanical designs. Erin Francois, House Beautiful, "Blogger Sneak Peek: Hand-Painted Blue & White Plates," 3 Feb. 2015 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The applications for an adhesive like this vary widely. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 In 1968, fellow 3M employee Spencer Silver had developed such an adhesive by accident. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "10 Minnesota innovations we can’t live without," 8 June 2019 In addition to keeping the snails safely secured to surfaces, this temporary adhesive, known as the epiphragm, retains moisture and prevents their bodies from drying out. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Snail-Inspired Super Glue Can Support the Weight of a 200-Pound Human," 20 June 2019 After shaving off the tiles’ edges to remove adhesives, Dr. Thibodeau ground them up individually and dissolved them in acid. New York Times, "Aztec Turquoise Tiles May Solve a Mesoamerican Mystery," 13 June 2018 Rolón tapped his Puerto Rican roots for botanical imagery, and possibly his mother's home nail salon for some technical ideas — his installation was created by pressing vinyl onto the walls of the cube with adhesive. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 works from Sculpture Milwaukee 2019 that the city should keep here permanently," 13 June 2019 The Hanhoo patches are just one brand of hydrocolloid patches, which are basically small adhesive patches that can help dry out an inflamed area and absorb oil, pus, or other impurities. Chelsey Hamilton, Health.com, "Redditor Claims These $2 Blemish Patches Cleared Her Cystic Pimples in Just 4 Hours," 4 June 2019 Detectives recovered a FedEx box with two Connecticut license plates that were altered with tape and adhesive, according to the document. Darran Simon And Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Missing Connecticut woman's blood found on items dumped in trash receptacles, authorities say," 4 June 2019 Investigators later found a FedEx mailer package containing Connecticut license plates with the tag numbers altered with tape and adhesive, according to the warrant. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Bloody clothing found dumped in Hartford trash bins in search for missing mom," 3 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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