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

That’s the unpredictable truth about the glue that keeps couples together. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "Daters discard one another so quickly. Could this experiment help people commit?," 6 Aug. 2019 Duke hopes Moore can develop as a defensive stopper for them, which could make the freshman a great glue guy for Coach K, capable of delivering whatever Duke needs him to do defensively on any given night. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Wendell Moore's Development Will Be Crucial to a Reloaded Duke Team," 5 Aug. 2019 Students also received spirals, folders, pencils, composition books, crayons, coloring books and glue to go in their back packs for the school year. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland gives away free supplies at Back to School Spectacular," 5 Aug. 2019 Vessi's production process is totally vegan, minimizing carbon footprint and eschewing the animal fats and byproducts often used in footwear glues and rubbers. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Waterproof Shoes You Can Wear for an Entire Trip," 2 Aug. 2019 But, if there can be no Polish culture without Ukrainian culture or Jewish culture, what happens when those minorities are suppressed or exterminated? The glue degrades, the shards fall apart. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 Here are three takeaways: >> A glue guy: This might sound cliché or vague, but Galloway is a player who is better than the individual parts of his game might suggest. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Scouting report: What type of player is IU basketball getting with Trey Galloway," 26 July 2019 Vooch told me Monday before a news conference with the Magic’s other two free-agent signings — returning sixth-man extraordinaire Terrence Ross and former Portland Trail Blazers glue guy Al-Farouq Aminu. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Nikola Vucevic is the anti-Dwight Howard — an all-star who realizes how good he has it in Orlando | Commentary," 8 July 2019 Orsborn: Carroll brings a lot of glue-guy intangibles to the team and a variety of skills, including the ability to stretch the floor offensively. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Writers’ Roundtable: Breaking down the Spurs free agent signings," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This unique flag is composed of 1,500 plastic red, white, and blue toy soldiers glued on a wood base. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: Taneytown History Museum to celebrate 15th birthday, display toy soldier flag," 24 July 2019 There is a timeline for when Day wants to decide on the starter, but he isn’t glued to that date. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Justin Fields is already Ohio State’s starting quarterback, even if Ryan Day won’t say it yet," 18 July 2019 Neanderthals glued their stone tools into place on wooden handles, a new study suggests. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals glued their tools together," 2 July 2019 In April, members of Extinction Rebellion’s U.K. division blocked the Waterloo Bridge for more than a week, also gluing themselves to buildings and climbing on top of trains. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "Climate activists glue themselves to Capitol entrances to pressure lawmakers," 23 July 2019 Across London, activists glued themselves to buildings, climbed on trains, chained themselves to company headquarters, and occupied key intersections, leading to some thousand arrests and messages of support from around the world. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Does Extinction Rebellion Have the Solution to the Climate Crisis?," 21 July 2019 Across the country and around the globe, millions followed on TV, many of them glued to the gripping minute-by-minute account of the legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite. Norah O'donnell, CBS News, ""Man on the Moon:" The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing," 16 July 2019 To create it, photographer Nick Brandt took the image in Kenya, blew it up to life-size and glued it to a panel. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma exhibition shows desecration of Africa as people crowd out animals," 2 July 2019 Wildlife experts glue the hooks and eyes of the clasps to opposite sides of a fracture, then wind a zip tie around the clasps to make sure the shells stay in place. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Your Old Bra Clasps Can Save Injured Turtles," 2 July 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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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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