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glue

noun \ ˈglü \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of glue

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

play \ˈglü-ē\ adjective

gluily

play \ˈglü-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of glue in a Sentence

  1. The hardware store offers several different glues.

  2. used glue to stick the photo in the album

Recent Examples of glue from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of glue

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

glue Synonyms


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glue

verb

Definition of glue

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 seats
  • all eyes glued to the TV screen

Examples of glue in a Sentence

  1. I glued the pieces of the cup back together.

Recent Examples of glue from the Web

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First Known Use of glue

14th century



GLUE Defined for English Language Learners

glue

noun

Definition of glue for English Language Learners

  • : a substance used to stick things tightly together


glue

verb

Definition of glue for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) stick to something else by using glue

  • : to stay in one place because of interest, shock, excitement, etc.


GLUE Defined for Kids

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glue

noun \ ˈglü \

Definition of glue for Students

: a substance used to stick things tightly together

gluey

\ˈglü-ē\ adjective

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glue

verb

Definition of glue for Students

glued; gluing
: 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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