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: 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)
: a solution of glue used for sticking things together
: something that binds together
enough social glue … to satisfy the human desire for communityE. D. Hirsch, Jr.
gluey adjective
gluily adverb


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glued; gluing also glueing

transitive verb

: to cause to stick tightly with or as if with glue
gluing the parts together
used that war to glue together a frail storyGloria Emerson
: to cause to remain continuously or to be fixed steadily
usually used with to
the spectators were glued to their seats
all eyes glued to the TV screen

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
While some glue themselves to phones, others deepen their creativity via coloring books, reading or snoozing. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 10 Nov. 2023 Benitez, a 5-9 junior point guard, is the glue on and off the court. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2023 In this last-chance season for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Harden could be the glue that could keep them here. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 With a leftover piece of wood or a wood plaque, create a pumpkin shape using the twigs and attach them with hot glue. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 To make the new threads, engineers first designed a glue gun-like machine that slowly excretes heated LCE resin through a nozzle. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 26 Oct. 2023 Step one is getting past all the phone glue, which involves heating up the screen, pulling the screen away from the body with a suction cup, and cutting the glue around the edge with a soft pick. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 23 Oct. 2023 The egg acts as a glue to keep everything together. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 23 Oct. 2023 This ready-to-wear nail set comes with various nail sizes to ensure the right fit for each finger, plus brush-on glue and quick-change gel tabs for easy application and removal. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Oct. 2023
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was temporarily halted when a group of about 30 pro-Palestinian protesters ran into the street and apparently glued themselves to the pavement of the parade route in New York City. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2023 Starting at the bottom, glue each strip around the cone, layering upward so each row overlaps the last by about a half-inch. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 Last October, two people in Just Stop Oil’s bright orange T-shirts opened cans of tomato soup and threw the liquid on to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square before gluing their hands to the wall. Mallory Moench, TIME, 11 Nov. 2023 Climate protesters have thrown mashed potatoes on a Claude Monet painting, attempted to glue their hands to Edvard Munch’s The Scream, smeared paint on the case of a Degas sculpture and covered the glass protecting the Mona Lisa in cake. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Yarden’s brother, her sister, and six of her friends sat around a nearby table in silence, each glued to a laptop and tasked with a different assignment: from reaching out to foreign diplomats to deciding on a strategy for the month ahead. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 They’re made with a contoured footbed, which comes in handy for avoiding swollen feet after hosting dinners and being glued to the stove all day. Grace McCarty, SELF, 9 Nov. 2023 Each pair of shoes is handcrafted in the Alsace region and made with a reverse-welt construction where the sole is carefully stitched rather than glued. Leah Melby Clinton,, 3 Nov. 2023 Thompson fully committed to her costume by wearing a wig, which was glued on and styled by hair pro Marin Renee. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Glue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a substance used to stick things tightly together
gluey adjective


2 of 2 verb
glued; gluing also glueing
: to stick with or as if with glue

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