\ 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 So fire up the glue gun, gather the kids, and get to work. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 18 Apr. 2022 The hot glue gun can malfunction when users plug it in. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Apr. 2022 Thompson, a 6-8, 235-pound power forward and Indiana's beloved glue guy, participated in Senior Day ceremonies in early March, which suggested that his IU career was coming to an end. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Apr. 2022 And so that is the overriding kind of glue that that binds them together at this point. CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 That nationalist sentiment – fueled by a deep distrust of the US and concern about its role as the leading global power – are a critical part of the glue that has firmed up the Russian and Chinese relationship in recent years. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 High-heeled shoes were squeezed into the scrim-like bodice of a tight dress the color of glue; another look began as a strapless little black dress and morphed at the hips into a car. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2022 An undetectable line of glue can create the most believable results. Vogue, 12 Dec. 2021 The words are part of the glue holding this corner of the internet together. Sandra Upson, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Draw or paint on them, or simply leave as is and glue into collages for a nature scrapbook or gardening journal. Popular Science, 9 Dec. 2019 How often did Talley have to pick up the pieces of his dreams and ambitions and glue them back together? Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Tie it to either end of the dowel and glue it in place. Toni Lipsey And Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2021 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 23 May. 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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