glue

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noun

1
a
: 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.
gluey adjective
gluily adverb

glue

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verb

glued; gluing also glueing

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The dead cells and the oil will stick together forming a glue-like substance, creating a layer which will actually prevent moisture retention and may also lead to breakouts. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2022 Most notably, the battery is now screwed down instead of held in place with glue. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 11 Nov. 2022 To create, cut features and words from crafts foam and attach with glue. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 Right to repairability is more about having the right to own things that were not assembled with glue. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 Air-conditioners at the 1964 Democratic National Convention dripped condensation onto the wooden ranks, which were held together with water-soluble glue. Laura Preston, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 These drawings — some of them made without looking at the page, others made with glue and scissors — are full of experimental zest and a propulsive, fluttery energy. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Individual clusters called Gossamers are attached under the top lid’s lashes near the roots, rather than teetering on top, with a mascara-like bonding glue. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The Ragmeg, an all-wood Nova Scotian dory docked in Oceanside Harbor since 2005, was the glue that held a crew of aging sailors together. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2022
Verb
Cut a face, beak, two wings and two feet from felt or construction paper and glue each in place. Ann Cameron Siegal, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 The protester who threw the substance is then detained by a museum security guard as his companion appears to glue her hand to the frame. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2022 In one instance, a climate protester tried to glue his bald head to a painting by Johannes Vermeer, as his accomplice doused him with soup. Malcolm Gay, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022 The gift receiver can even glue it together when they're done and hang it up as art. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 3 Nov. 2022 The outermost cells glue themselves together, forming something rather like a microscopic snow globe. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, 2 Nov. 2022 To create the matches, glue several mail tubes, pool noodles, or PVC pipes inside the box. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2022 Courtesy of Jo-Ann Crafts Use autumnal hues to paint mason jars, then glue resin flowers to wooden tags, and tie around the necks with twine. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 30 Sep. 2022 To get the look, glue brightly colored candy onto a faux no-carve Halloween pumpkin. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English glu, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin glut-, glus; akin to Latin gluten glue — more at clay

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glue. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

glue 1 of 2

noun

: a substance used to stick things tightly together
gluey adjective

glue

2 of 2

verb

glued; gluing also glueing
: to stick with or as if with glue

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