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 As summer draws to a close, shopping for school supplies – weaving through the crowded aisles of glue sticks and scissors, with your kids in tow – might trigger a sense of nostalgia for your own youth. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Is it just me, or does this Cleveland public school supply list seem excessive?: Leila Atassi," 22 Aug. 2019 Backpacks were filled with goodies like notebook paper, crayons, scissors, folders, glue sticks and pens. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee mobile home owners group hands out thousands of backpacks for kids," 19 Aug. 2019 The boxes included scissors, folders, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and erasers. Greg Garrison | Ggarrison@al.com, al, "World Vision hands off supplies to 14 Birmingham-area schools," 12 Aug. 2019 The dumplings look like mini griddled burritos about the size of a glue stick. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: A tragedy in Gilroy," 3 Aug. 2019 On YouTube, these videos have grown to constitute an entire genre, ranging from the mundane (hair brushing) to the bizarre (people eating glue sticks). Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Small Sounds, Big Money: The Commercialization of ASMR," 20 June 2019 The former president was at times controversial, but he was widely credited as being the glue that held Tunisia’s secularists and the influential moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, together in a coalition government. Washington Post, "Tunisia’s presidential election is set to test the Arab Spring’s only democracy," 14 Sep. 2019 The trouble comes as the show tries to sell the camaraderie and fiercely loyal bond between the characters, which should be the glue that keeps the show together. Caroline Framke, chicagotribune.com, "TV Review: Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’," 25 July 2019 Will Karanikolaou be the glue that holds this friendship together? Jenna Milliner-waddell, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, A Big Handmaid’s Tale Fan, Threw A Gilead-Themed Birthday Party," 10 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As London Fashion Week began Friday, Extinction Rebellion climate protesters glued themselves to an entrance to the extravaganza. Fortune, "British Fashion Officials Warn of Financial Woes From a No-Deal Brexit," 13 Sep. 2019 Last week the police in London arrested six activists from the Extinction Rebellion group who glued themselves to the windows of the Brazilian Embassy. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, "With Amazon Rain Forest Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash," 22 Aug. 2019 From there, Sunny creates little clay versions of Simba and each of Rafiki's two hands, paints them, and glues them onto their respective fingers. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Lion King Nail Art Is Literally Wild," 5 Aug. 2019 The communal art that drew our ancestors to caveman campfires, the Theatre of Dionysus and London’s Globe Theatre now has us glued to podcasts, streaming-cable documentaries and audiobooks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How Pop-Up Magazine is bringing amped-up storytelling to San Diego," 17 Sep. 2019 This includes knowing exit areas and not being glued to a cell phone. Amir Vera, CNN, "Gilroy Garlic Festival patrons reported metal detectors and patrolling officers, but the shooter still found a way in," 30 July 2019 Still am glued to Space, from working 36 years in aerospace to following SpaceX to NASA and JPL, to everything on TV about space program and avid sci-fi fan. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "25 Great Moon Landing Stories from Popular Mechanics Readers," 20 July 2019 To infinity and beyond On that July day in 1969, a Scottsdale high schooler also was glued to his TV set watching the moon landing broadcast, which was made possible by Miller and his coworkers. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Scottsdale Motorola workers made devices that transmitted famous words and images from the moon," 17 July 2019 Bucks general manager Jon Horst and his staff were glued to their phones, trying to piece together the team's next moves. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks' summer league roster reportedly set to include Wofford sharpshooter Fletcher Magee," 21 June 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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2 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for glue

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

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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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