\ ˈglü How to pronounce glue (audio) \

Definition of glue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of various strong adhesive substances especially : a hard protein chiefly gelatinous substance that absorbs water to form a viscous solution with strong adhesive properties and that is obtained by cooking down collagenous materials (such as hides or bones)
b : a solution of glue used for sticking things together
2 : something that binds together enough social glue … to satisfy the human desire for community— E. D. Hirsch, Jr.


glued; gluing also glueing

Definition of glue (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to stick tightly with or as if with glue gluing the parts together used that war to glue together a frail story— Gloria Emerson
2 : to cause to remain continuously or to be fixed steadily usually used with to the spectators were glued to their seatsall eyes glued to the TV screen

Other Words from glue


gluey \ ˈglü-​ē How to pronounce glue (audio) \ adjective
gluily \ ˈglü-​ə-​lē How to pronounce glue (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for glue

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of glue in a Sentence

Noun The hardware store offers several different glues. used glue to stick the photo in the album Verb I glued the pieces of the cup back together.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The woman’s eyes were pasted shut with what appeared to be wheat glue. Okwiri Oduor, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 The glue between the outstanding coder and the social media marketer and the magic that allows sales to sell the right solution is having the right culture. Bernhard Schroeder, Forbes, 20 June 2022 During a church lunch banquet, Chou attempted to lock the doors from the inside with chains and super glue and then opened fire at the elderly churchgoers, officials said. Taylor Romine, CNN, 17 June 2022 They’re also frequently used in crafting, for things like setting resin or shrink wraps (and can be confused with hot glue guns). Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2022 Sometimes Herbert would use glue during the application process and other times a belt. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 16 June 2022 Pavement Rejuvenator program began applying a glue-like substance to roadways at 15 locations around the county on June 2, and will be complete by the end of the month making the roads last longer. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 And the vocal glue that holds it all together, as always, was Matthew Jardine. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2022 Unlike some other stylists, Brown doesn’t use glue in order to protect the actors’ hair, instead sewing in extra straps to secure wigs. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others spray glue onto soles which are then bonded with the rest of the shoe, or use lasers to cut sections of sneaker from colorful plastic sheets. Trefor Moss, WSJ, 6 May 2022 First, there was woman who tried to glue her hand to the basketball court at a Minnesota Timberwolves play-in game. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Nearly 150 years after Monet put down his brush, the brilliance of his 1877 construction of the scene with broken brushwork of violets, blues, pinks, grays, whites, yellows and blacks continues to glue eyeballs. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Simply glue feather boas to the paper lantern to turn it into an airy dining room focal point. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 9 May 2022 Color the bottom of a water bottle or a bottlecap like a shell, then glue to the sponge or foam. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, 1 July 2020 Cut out each sandwich ingredient and glue them together to nail a 3D effect. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 Slide the nylon spacer onto the dowel, and slip the dowel through the crank support (parts D and E glued together), but do not glue it. James Schadewald, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2021 Their secretions glue fine soil particles together into larger clumps, which not only lessens erosion risk but also improves aeration and water retention. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of glue


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glue


Middle English glu, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin glut-, glus; akin to Latin gluten glue — more at clay

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“Glue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈglü How to pronounce glue (audio) \

Kids Definition of glue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance used to stick things tightly together

Other Words from glue

gluey \ ˈglü-​ē \ adjective


glued; gluing

Kids Definition of glue (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stick with or as if with glue … here they were, eyes glued on my mother and taking in every word.— Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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