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

Hot glue white trim across the bodice for the shell sash. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "How to Make a DIY Moana Halloween Costume," 9 July 2019 Always buy one that’s brand new, because after five years, the glue inside any helmet loses adhesion. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Motorcycles," 8 July 2019 Instead of using a flat piece of wood for the tabletop, the BCMT Co. team glues planks together, cross-cutting them and then regluing the planks, creating the sort of checkerboard pattern you're used to seeing in butcher block. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How This "Self-Healing" Table Is Made," 8 July 2019 Rafael Devers continues to be what Mookie Betts calls the glue to the lineup. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Is the Red Sox’ recent offensive explosion for real?," 6 July 2019 But people also use tree resin or pitch as a glue to help hold the tool in place. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals glued their tools together," 2 July 2019 The glue for these bonds is made up of something bigger than each woman within the sisterhood. Danielle Young, Essence, "ESSENCE and Coca-Cola Announce 'If Not For My Girls' Celebrating The Strength, Bond & Friendship of Black Women," 1 July 2019 The staff glues cracked shells shut and holds them together with wire, which is hooked to the bra clasp to stay put. Scottie Andrew And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Sometimes, all it takes to save an injured turtle is a bra. No, seriously," 29 June 2019 The substance that acts as a gravitational glue is dark matter. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling.," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Born in Birmingham, England, Lynne was one of thousands of post-war children with an ear glued to the radio. Nathan Powers, oregonlive.com, "ELO’s Jeff Lynne headed to Portland, playing his hits and feeling cool," 25 June 2019 Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "TV Is Terrible," 20 June 2019 Jurickson Profar has also kept Pinder glued to the bench. Dan Arritt/correspondent, The Mercury News, "A’s send Mengden to minors after rough outing," 6 June 2019 Mistake 2: Skipping the Primer Don’t forget to prime PVC pipes and fittings before gluing the pieces together. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Biggest Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)," 14 Jan. 2019 If your excuse for being glued to the couch is a really good book, finish it on the road. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "5 Surprising Ways Your Phone Can Get You Off the Couch," 15 May 2019 Edge-grain counters are made of long, thick strips of wood that are glued together with the edge grain facing up. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 If your lashes are sparse, some salons may suggest 3-D lashes, or clusters, which are three hairs glued together, to give your eyes a more voluminous look. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "Your Everything Guide to Eyelash Extensions," 28 Mar. 2019 To keep their kids from being glued to their screens, Mark and Tiffany have a phone curfew for when the phones must be turned off. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 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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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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