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

Instead of using lash glue — which, in addition to being wildly messy, can also cause allergies — these babies stick on your lashes with magnets. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Apply Magnetic Lashes," 8 Jan. 2019 About Environmentalism Everlane will eliminate virgin plastic from its business by 2021 and Stella McCartney has engineered a chic sneaker that doesn’t use any toxic glue. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 Use spray glue to stick pretty fabric around the pool noodle (or use white noodles). Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Need To See How People Are Upcycling Their Trampolines Into Bed Swings," 18 Sep. 2018 In this case, the technician used glue instead of epoxy. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian space chief vows to find “full name” of technician who caused ISS leak," 4 Sep. 2018 The boy’s father dug out the maggots and used glue to close the wound, the paper reported, citing an affidavit. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Emaciated teen living in barn was 'within a week of death,' authorities say," 20 July 2018 The boy further reported that his mother had used super glue to close a wound on his neck. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In Fitchburg 911 call, father said his daughter was not breathing," 12 Apr. 2018 The mother of a 6-year-old girl found dead in a Massachusetts home Tuesday told her 9-year-old son not to call 911 and used super glue to close a wound on his neck, police said Wednesday. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Police: Mother of girl who died used super glue to close son's wound," 11 Apr. 2018 Lash extensions are semi-permanent, synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers that are applied strand by strand with specially formulated non-irritating glue to your own lashes to enhance your eye shape. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Every Question You've Ever Had About Lash Extensions Answered," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Give your face a base coat with primer, then glue a zipper onto your face using spirit gum. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 Case in point: Makeup artists have actually been gluing craft supply pom poms (the very same ones from your childhood arts and crafts projects) onto their lids for a colorful and 3-dimensional look. 11. Devon Abelman, Allure, "13 Unexpected Ways to Wear Winged Eyeliner That Are Taking Over Instagram," 14 Sep. 2018 Active front air ducts and a rear spoiler create up to 1,763.7 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, gluing the car to tarmac while cornering. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 Yolanda Baker goes to work five days at week at Omega National Products and makes disco balls the right way, gluing tiny mirrors by hand on disco balls both large and small. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "10 fun (and weird) facts about Louisville you probably didn't know," 18 June 2018 Crude maps of its distribution indicate dark matter forms a sort of cosmic web, where galaxies large and small are gravitationally glued to filaments and sheets of dark matter. Shannon Stirone, Scientific American, "Dancing Dwarf Galaxies Deepen Dark Matter Mystery," 1 Feb. 2018 Additionally, the top plank is adorned with various Vikings patches that are glued to the surface. George Dohrmann, SI.com, "Inside the Viking World Order, the Exclusive Club of Minnesota Vikings Superfans," 17 Jan. 2018 People glued red paper cuttings of good sayings and animals to the exterior of windows, so the light from the outside would shine through the negative space of the cutout. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Meet the Neon Light Artist Beloved by New York Cool Girls," 15 Jan. 2019 Day and night, two rangers sit inside the building, glued to several monitors displaying live feeds from CCTV and thermal cameras along the perimeter that are rugged enough to withstand poachers’ stones. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 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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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 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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