glue

noun
\ ˈglü \

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

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Other words from glue

Noun

gluey \ˈglü-ē \ adjective
gluily \ˈglü-ə-lē \ adverb

Synonyms for glue

Synonyms: Noun

adhesive, bond, cement, size

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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

The rejuvenator inserts maltenes, or glue, allowing for a tighter aggregate surface. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Lake County looks to rejuvenate pavement before wear-and-tear sets in," 6 July 2018 Lili's technique was to use a variety of face makeup, cotton, glue, liquid latex, and faux blood. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Created a Shark Bite on Madelaine Petsch's Leg With Makeup," 5 July 2018 There’s Crayola chalk, Elmer’s glue, a Rubik’s Cube, Scrabble tiles, Cooties, and Uno cards, just to name a few. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Toy Story Land Is Riddled With Amazing Hidden References to the Movies," 2 July 2018 Cut the arrow at the mark, taper the cut end, and apply your point or broadhead using hot glue or epoxy. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Use the Elmer's glue and oatmeal to create the wound and the eye lash adhesive to secure to your face. Trenesha N Striggles, azcentral, "Quick cosplay: How to do zombie makeup at home in 30 minutes," 24 May 2018 But the glue holding all of the announcements together will be artificial intelligence. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Watch the Google I/O 2018 Keynote Live," 8 May 2018 Zielinski old investigators the items were for huffing glue, according to WVLT. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Man nicknamed 'Captain Jack Sparrow' huffed glue, kicked Tennessee cops, police say," 7 May 2018 Mahathir’s political comeback in 2016 provided the missing glue. Washington Post, "Malaysia’s Anwar joins with former persecutor for election," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But that comic series' small-suit, big-screen debut was still glued to Avengers plot lines, which arguably dragged its momentum and fun. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ant-Man and the Wasp review: Even smaller scale, even bigger heart," 6 July 2018 For kids glued to the World Cup, the focus shouldn’t be on the inexcusable fakery among athletes taking a dive, but the assimilation of cultures. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Best of the World Cup: when cultures mix," 6 July 2018 Travel Fans following the games are more likely to be glued to the TV and may procrastinate planning their summer travel, according to SunTrust analyst Naved Khan. Bloomberg, Fortune, "How to Bet on World Cup 2018—In the Stock Market," 14 June 2018 Kids go to school, parents work, everyone is glued to their smartphones. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "‘The Handmaid's Tale’ boldly opens Season 2 in terrifying but familiar form," 25 Apr. 2018 Apple had an opportunity to put the HomePod at the center of a new ecosystem of smart home and other gadgets that aren’t glued to the iPhone. Mark Gurman, Houston Chronicle, "Apple HomePod disappoints with slow sales after tardy debut," 12 Apr. 2018 Carved from a single block of wood, the work includes versions of four different canonical African masks covered with strung white, yellow, black and red beads that are glued to the sculpture's surface. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Museum of Art acquires Italian portrait, African sculptures, Weston photos (photos)," 14 Mar. 2018 Yet when 2026 arrives, much of the world will have its eyes glued to the U.S. for another reason: that summer, the country will co-host the World Cup with Canada and Mexico. John Garrison Marks, Smithsonian, "What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America’s 250th Birthday Celebration," 3 July 2018 Photo: Kristin Braga Wright for The Wall Street Journal Mr. Harris explained how social-media sites keep kids glued to their smartphones. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "The New Tech Avengers," 30 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to glue

keep one's eyes glued to

stick like glue

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

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More Definitions for glue

glue

noun

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 \

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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