- coated with glue, paste, mastic, or other sticky substance: adhesive bandages.
- sticking fast; sticky; clinging.
- Physics. of or relating to the molecular force that exists in the area of contact between unlike bodies and that acts to unite them.
Origin of adhesive
Examples from the Web for adhesive
This was an adhesive, and used some years after stamps were in use.The Stamps of Canada
I was informed that Decaisne has written a paper on these adhesive threads.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
Utilised because of adhesive qualities for throwing at a target as darts.Norman Ten Hundred
A. Stanley Blicq
Adhesive is the scientific, sticking or sticky the popular word.
The stiff, wet clay, adhesive to the foot, impeded progress.
- able or designed to adhere; stickyadhesive tape
- tenacious or clinging
- a substance used for sticking objects together, such as glue, cement, or paste
Word Origin and History for adhesive
1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past participle stem of adhaere (see adherent).
1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps (adhesive stamp is attested from 1840). Of substances that cause to adhere by 1900.
- Tending to adhere; sticky.
- Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adhesion.
- A substance that adheres to a surface or causes adherence between surfaces.
- A substance, such as paste or cement, that causes two surfaces to stick together. Adhesives are made of gelatin or other substances, such as epoxy, resin, or polyethylene.
- Relating to adhesion.