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 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 But first: to the Celestial Realm, which looks like a third-grader’s science project, as if someone made one of those models of the solar system with styrofoam balls and glitter glue. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: The Vanishing Half," 1 Jan. 2021 Emotional intimacy can hold a couple together, and it’s the true glue. Alison Medley, Chron, "How to find and keep love in a pandemic, per a Houston sex therapist," 23 Dec. 2020 My Aunt Carol who was like the glue that kept that side of the family together. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Batistick, also a SELAH volunteer, remembered Pereira as the glue of the neighborhood. Doug Smith Senior Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Friends mourn man who touched many lives while living in L.A. River encampment," 20 Dec. 2020 There was a 74-year-old woman who'd sought relief from a life sentence, and a man whom relatives described as the glue that kept his family together from behind bars. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan prisoner deaths from COVID-19 surpass 100," 17 Dec. 2020 As the glue holding things together, Elsesser is keenly aware of what her visibility means—for herself and for others. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Role Model: How Paloma Elsesser Is Changing Fashion for the Better," 14 Dec. 2020 The technician then uses a microfiber swab to gently slide your old lashes off, repeating the process until all the synthetic fibers (and residual glue) are removed. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions, According to Pros," 29 Dec. 2020 For one month every winter, Christmas tree sellers become the glue cementing neighborhoods together. Kevin Cabrera, Fortune, "Even COVID can’t stop New York City’s sidewalk Christmas tree vendors," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Conjunctions can glue us together or push us apart. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Hell," 31 Dec. 2020 Everyone wants to slap together a house and glue the pieces in place with the snow-white confection called royal icing, but that edible cement simply takes too long to dry. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "How to build a gingerbread house that won’t fall apart," 25 Dec. 2020 Crosscut the plywood and solid wood blocks for the wheel trucks, and then glue and screw them together. Roy Berendsohn And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Wooden Wagon for the Kids," 28 Nov. 2020 This creates a bigger surface area that someone can glue the tops and backs onto, making those joints sturdier and more secure. New York Times, "How to Build a Guitar," 28 Nov. 2020 Together, Scurlark and 15-year-old Alexis Hernandez worked through how to cut and properly glue together pipes. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Dallas ISD launched an ambitious program to prep students for careers. How’s it going during pandemic?," 27 Nov. 2020 Or modify the switch and glue it anywhere along your handguard to optimize your support hand grip. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "The Best Aftermarket Modifications to Make to Your AR-15," 19 Nov. 2020 While the pieces around him have shifted, the 34-year-old continues to glue the team together. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Keys to victory for FC Dallas, Portland Timbers ahead of MLS playoff match," 20 Nov. 2020 Allow to cool and glue letter patch to center of glitter fabric. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "13 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 9 Nov. 2020

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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

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glue. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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