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

The second, a converted glue-dispensing robot called the Edison, had been shelved in 2010. John Carreyrou, WSJ, "Theranos Inc.’s Partners in Blood," 18 May 2018 For extra insurance, Philips also painted the stuff between the lashes, wedging it in with the mascara still wet or with help from a touch of latex glue. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The Dries Van Noten Girl’s Guide to Elegant Makeup After Dark," 27 Feb. 2019 The even bigger news for lash lovers: Reusable magnetic fake lashes—which attach via a thin strip of magnets at the base instead of glue—have recently come on the scene. Ilise Carter, WSJ, "How Magnetic Lashes Became the Biggest Thing in Beauty," 4 Jan. 2019 Add a dab of hot glue and attach to your snowman underneath his scarf. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Turn Dollar Store Candles Into the Most Charming Snowmen," 27 Nov. 2018 Apple will now give Genius workers and authorized service providers the tools needed to remove the glue from the battery, without affecting anything else. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple may have a less wasteful method of replacing the new MacBook Air’s battery," 7 Nov. 2018 Just give the woman a bottle of glue plus some sequins, rhinestones, and feathers and there’s no stopping her. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "Why Self-Made Boss Pat McGrath Is an Invaluable Asset to the Beauty World," 23 July 2018 Dab a small drop of the glue onto the back of your hand. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "5 Tricky Beauty Techniques Made Easy," 12 Mar. 2012 This week promises CoverGirl foundations at a dizzying 40 percent off on Tuesday, with lashes and glue from Ardell, Eylure, and Duo at half off on March 14. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Target's 14 Days of Deals Event Is Packed With Beauty Products, and I Want It All," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The eyes of the wide world of soccer were glued to the high-profile El Clasico with hope of a spectacle worthy two of the best clubs in the world. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Barcelona escape a hostile Clasico, the Fire fall short at home and the best of the soccer weekend," 6 May 2018 The result is a crowd of people glued to the screens, at once hypnotized and acting out the A.D.H.D. of the digital age. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "Doug Aitken Mirrors Our Obsession with Mobile Technology," 4 May 2018 Space nerds will no doubt be glued to their computer monitors in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Is Conducting Its First Passenger-Ready Launch on Saturday," 1 Mar. 2019 The eyes of the football world will be glued on the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday night as two historic clubs in Liverpool and Real Madrid contest the 26th Champions League final. SI.com, "Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League Final Preview: Previous Encounter, Team News and More," 25 May 2018 Her signature embellished nails were painted a light pink with a gold glitter edge, a trio of glued-on gems on each of her index fingers. New York Times, "Why Franchesca Ramsey Is Done Feeding the Trolls," 10 May 2018 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

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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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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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