su·​per·​glue | \ˈsü-pər-ˌglü \

Definition of superglue 

: a very strong glue specifically : a glue whose chief ingredient is a cyanoacrylate that becomes adhesive through polymerization rather than evaporation of a solvent

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But here’s an excerpt: Examiners can find prints using shortwave ultraviolet light, fluorescent dyes, and a ridiculous tool that vaporizes superglue. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 After capturing a handful of kissing bugs at each residence, the researchers affixed tiny transmitters to the insects’ backs with superglue. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 An operation may begin with a squirt of superglue in a shop’s keyhole, or a bottle of petrol left on a doorstep. The Economist, "Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia," 14 June 2018 The current gold standard in medical adhesives is none other than superglue. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "Slugs Inspire Super-Strong Glue to Seal Wounds," 27 July 2017 But there's one small tool whose WW2 heritage is lesser-known: superglue. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Serendipitous History of Superglue," 6 Feb. 2017 But the future of the new type of superglue is still taking shape. Randy Rieland, Smithsonian, "A More Super Superglue Could Help Build Jelly-Like Robots," 5 July 2017 Now, a team of experimental physicists has invented a new adhesive, made of superglue’s main ingredient— Zahra Ahmad, Science | AAAS, "New ‘superglue’ could seal the deal for stretchable batteries, soft robots," 23 June 2017 Ms. Brown pulled a pouch out of her bag and rummaged through her sunscreen, an eyeglass repair kit, superglue, some chargers, string, miniscissors and an insurance card. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, "Two Etiquette Experts Take On New York," 27 May 2017

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First Known Use of superglue

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of superglue

: a very strong glue


su·​per·​glue | \ˈsü-pər-ˌglü \

Medical Definition of superglue 

: a very strong glue specifically : a glue whose chief ingredient is cyanoacrylate that becomes adhesive through polymerization rather than evaporation of a solvent

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