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

Secure the plywood to the three-sided hardwood frame with glue and nails. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Each lash is individually applied with semi-permanent glue to your natural eyelashes, matching and accentuating the shape of your eyes and requiring a fill in every three weeks. Lauren Harbury, Redbook, "What It's Like to Wear Fake Eyelashes Every Single Day," 31 May 2016 That’s the way people experience life, really: A chaotic kind of glue, and everything’s bleeding into each other. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Brexit, Bowie, Grenfell, and Burnout: 22 Minutes with the Lead Singer of Fat White Family," 27 Apr. 2019 After undoing tons of glue, screws, and connectors in the Pixel 3 XL, iFixit found (drumroll please) a Samsung Panel! Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "iFixit rips open the Pixel 3 XL, finds a Samsung display panel," 16 Oct. 2018 Oh nothing — glued some stuff together.’ Well, ‘send me some pictures of the glue bottle! New York Times, "Nick Offerman Becomes a Roadie for His Wife, Megan Mullally," 5 July 2018 Hot glue the strands one by one to the outside of your extension clip. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "This Holographic Glitter Hairstyle is Perfect for Coachella," 10 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

FaceTime and Messages Many of us spend big chunks of that glued-to-the-screen time with text messaging, so Apple made major additions to the Messages app, bringing it more in line with third-party apps like Snapchat. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed," 17 Sep. 2018 On Game of Thrones, Daenerys stays glued to Drogon's back like a barnacle on a sea turtle's shell. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: Could a Person Ride a Dragon?," 15 Apr. 2019 There are gyms all across the world where Ware would never be glued to the bench – and in Los Angeles? Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Casper Ware continues to strive to make it in NBA," 9 July 2018 One year ago today, the world was glued to its screens watching Elon Musk's biggest test yet: the Falcon Heavy's first launch. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "One Year On, the Falcon Heavy's Successful Launch Is Still Incredible," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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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