glue

noun
\ 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.

glue

verb
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 tothe spectators were glued to their seatsall eyes glued to the TV screen

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Other Words from glue

Noun

gluey \ ˈglü-​ē How to pronounce gluey (audio) \ adjective
gluily \ ˈglü-​ə-​lē How to pronounce gluily (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For years, Messi, regarded by many as the greatest of all time, has been the glue that has held a crumbling Barcelona together -- both on the pitch and in the boardroom. Matias Grez, CNN, "What next for Lionel Messi after the Instagram post that rocked Barcelona?," 6 Feb. 2020 And while that may be true, the glue that holds the whole company together is Ms. Perez. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Jay-Z Takes On the Super Bowl," 1 Feb. 2020 While the taproom is already becoming a happy hour destination and the restaurant a neighborhood dinner spot, Carboy’s tasting room and bottle shop acts as the glue of the businesses and, of all the concepts, is perhaps the most unique for Denver. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "You won’t recognize the former Govnr’s Park Tavern, now transformed into a winery, bar and restaurant," 2 Oct. 2019 But a new study found a much simpler way to produce birch tar, suggesting glue isn't a good proxy for Neanderthal smarts. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Making Neanderthal Birch Tar Isn’t as Complex as Thought," 26 Aug. 2019 Senior setter Kaiya Eshoo is the glue behind Hersey’s success. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019 girls volleyball preview: Mid-Suburban League," 16 Aug. 2019 Sometimes the glue that comes with the nails is truly for temporary use. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This $5 Drugstore Purchase Gave Me My Best Manicure," 5 June 2019 The glue that kept me together was my faith — always has been and always will. Amy Roloff, Good Housekeeping, "Read an Exclusive Excerpt From Amy Roloff's Book 'A Little Me'," 26 Apr. 2019 The problem was, the researchers first had to figure out what that glue is. Quanta Magazine, "Universal Quantum Phenomenon Found in Strange Metals," 19 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Durra peels away at her lead character to reveal the desperation of Hana's belief that Luxor can glue her back together. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Luxor': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 BlackRock is the obvious target, as the world’s biggest manager: Extinction Rebellion activists glued themselves to its London building last year. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Replacing the Wisdom of Crowds With the Wisdom of Fink," 19 Jan. 2020 In solidarity, one man glued himself to the lobby window of the Siemens headquarters in Munich. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "In Australia, fires heat up environmental movement," 18 Jan. 2020 Slice toilet paper rolls into discs and pinch and glue them into star shapes. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Is Tinsel Canceled?," 18 Dec. 2019 Place a second red depressor next to the first red one, and glue it to all three staggered depressors. Scientific American, "Flying Stick Chain Reaction," 12 Dec. 2019 Officials told Sky News that four people were arrested at one station after gluing themselves to the doors. Fox News, "London rush-hour commuters yank climate-change protesters from roofs of trains," 18 Oct. 2019 Protesters from the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion climbed onto carriages and glued themselves to trains, bringing parts of the city's transport network to a grinding halt. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Angry commuters drag Extinction Rebellion protesters off trains during London travel disruption," 17 Oct. 2019 For the techie dad: A new Apple Watch If Dad's into tech or just glued to his phone, an Apple Watch might be the best choice this Father's Day. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The best Father's Day gifts that will still arrive tomorrow," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of glue

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glue

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for glue

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The first known use of glue was in the 14th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glue. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for glue

glue

noun
How to pronounce glue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance used to stick things tightly together

glue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glue (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) stick to something else by using glue
: to stay in one place because of interest, shock, excitement, etc.

glue

noun
\ 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

glue

verb
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, Best Christmas Pageant

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