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 tothe 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

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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 They now are known to have made a glue-like birch bark tar (no trivial task), cave art and shell beads. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, "Early String Ties Us to Neanderthals," 9 Apr. 2020 The earpiece speaker has some of the display glue on it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Librem 5 phone hands-on—Open source phone shows the cost of being different," 24 Jan. 2020 During his research, Larson collected 18 wood frogs in Fairbanks and fitted them with tiny glue-on transmitters. Anchorage Daily News, "The living dead: Wood frogs across Alaska will soon be frozen solid," 19 Oct. 2019 Cut, glue or tape or even assemble freely, and enjoy having created something out of nothing. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "4 Bay Area artists find shelter from coronavirus crisis in creating. You can too," 7 May 2020 Third places provide the daily glue that binds us to a particular location and to the people who frequent it. Setha Low, The Conversation, "How cafes, bars, gyms, barbershops and other ‘third places’ create our social fabric," 1 May 2020 But the most important answer to whether Trump’s attacks will stick to Biden may have nothing to do with the President’s rubber vs. glue tactics. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Why 2020 Could Be Another False Equivalence Election," 25 Apr. 2020 To create the faux piercing on Washington, Knight purchased real nose rings, cut off their posts, and glued them on daily with prosthetic glue. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "The Real Reason Kerry Washington Wears A Nose Ring In Little Fires Everywhere," 17 Apr. 2020 Once the fingerprint was collected from either a scanner or glass and then optimized, the researchers replicated them onto a mold, which was made from either fabric glue or silicon. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Attackers can bypass fingerprint authentication with an ~80% success rate," 8 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now trying to glue the pieces back together. Zoe Schneeweiss, Bloomberg.com, "Boris Johnson’s 570 Billion Reasons for Wanting an EU Trade Deal," 8 May 2020 Make sure the pasta is freely moving around the skillet, not glued together. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to safely reheat all those leftovers without ruining them," 21 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately for the Democrats, that gives people little reason to be glued to their screens when House committees take public testimony. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Impeachment a winner for Democrats? Don’t bet on it," 2 Nov. 2019 If thrillers are your thing, you'll be glued to your phone watching Stranger. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 15 Best Quibi Shows and Movies That Make Downloading the App Totally Worth It," 3 Apr. 2020 Like everyone else, I was glued to the news and couldn't believe how quickly everything was changing. refinery29.com, "I Quit My Friend’s Wedding Party Because Of COVID-19 & Our Friendship Is Over," 24 Mar. 2020 They are also glued together rather than screwed, Mr. Luo said. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Tim Cook and Apple Bet Everything on China. Then Coronavirus Hit.," 3 Mar. 2020 In between glad-handing at holiday parties and 18 holes of golf in the winter sun, he was glued to his phone, sounding out friends about the looming Senate impeachment trial and how to play what could be the defining moment of his presidency. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "How Trump stepped back to let McConnell lead impeachment fight," 6 Feb. 2020 So, she hot glued them to a piece of twine and strung it across the ceiling. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Young Huh Brings Her Modern-Meets-Traditional Style to a Dollhouse," 24 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for glue

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

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Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glue. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for glue

glue

noun
How to pronounce glue (audio)

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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