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

Synonyms for glue

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Last Saturday evening, another cabaret member, Haley Skinner, smeared an Elmer’s glue stick across her eyebrows. oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2021 Marcus is kind of that guy, like a glue guy, and Elvis is the same way. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2021 Made with eugenol for extra-stickiness, this glue trap offers a discreet way to catch super stealth critters. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021 Cunningham cobbled together what might be the ideal line for Texas’ glue guy: six points on 2-for-3 shooting, 11 rebounds (three offensive), four assists and three steals. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, 1 Dec. 2020 The 6-foot-6 guard, a multi-talented glue guy like Minlend, became a key player on XU’s 2017 Elite Eight team. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 6 Nov. 2020 Hannah goes into monologue mode about a glue trap that ripped a poor little mouse’s leg off. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 13 Oct. 2020 On the other side of the equation, Malcolm Brogdon has emerged as a glue guy for Indiana, standing as far more of a two-way player that Dragic. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Aug. 2020 The pastor has acted as the glue for the weathered church, although his faith has been tested. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, Richman says the best method for stability and easy removal is to sew, tape, or glue a Scunci No-Slip Grip Skinny Plastic Headband on the inside of your cap. Nikki Brown, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021 Decorate the frame, then glue it over the star art. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, 8 July 2020 There’s still time for Cruella to glue on the acrylics and get to work. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 The team members sedate the seals with a blow dart and glue a smartphone-sized sensor to the fur on the backs of their heads. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 26 May 2021 Coupled with orchestration tools, serverless allows developers to take existing building blocks, and glue them together into full-fledged applications. Aparna Sinha, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Viewers tune in every week not just to learn how to glue on lashes but to feel a connection to the vloggers themselves. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Use the punches to cut out small sandpaper circles and glue them to the craft sticks and dowels. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, 13 Nov. 2020 Join the roof to the sides, slide the acrylic panels in place and glue the filler blocks into the bottom of the grooves so the acrylic rests 1⁄4 in. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 17 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for glue

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

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13 Jun 2021

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“Glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glue. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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