- a hard, impure, protein gelatin, obtained by boiling skins, hoofs, and other animal substances in water, that when melted or diluted is a strong adhesive.
- any of various solutions or preparations of this substance, used as an adhesive.
- any of various other solutions or preparations that can be used as adhesives.
- to join or fasten with glue.
- to cover or smear (something) with glue (sometimes followed by up).
- to fix or attach firmly with or as if with glue; make adhere closely: to glue a model ship together.
Origin of glue
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Examples from the Web for glue
You see the handwork, the glue, how the people in the agency were working on it.Frank Gehry Is Architecture’s Mad Genius
October 27, 2014
It is the “glue that holds often flaky single malts together,” as Broom puts it.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
Maliki no longer wanted to pay for the glue that kept it there.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem.
July 17, 2014
If you tear that bond the rip leaves open scars where the glue once was.Brits Celebrate Phin Lyman, The Boy Virgin Who Says He’ll Wait for Love
May 19, 2014
He would repaint their faces and glue human hair onto their heads.The Moment Kurt Cobain Met Courtney Love
Charles R. Cross
April 5, 2014
Cover the tongue thoroughly with glue, and also put some on the inside of the groove.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
I don't mind it much, because it keeps that glue smell off me, but it's fairly strong.
Pay me what you expect to make out o' glue, you mean, Virgil?
She was thinking vaguely about the glue factory and wondering if there might be "something in it" after all.
Don't you know how bad most glue is when you try to mend anything?
- any natural or synthetic adhesive, esp a sticky gelatinous substance prepared by boiling animal products such as bones, skin, and horns
- any other sticky or adhesive substance
- (tr) to join or stick together with or as if with glue
Word Origin and History for glue
early 13c., from Old French glu "birdlime" (12c.), from Late Latin glutem (nominative glus) "glue," from Latin gluten "glue, beeswax," from PIE *gleit- "to glue, paste" (cf. Lithuanian glitus "sticky," glitas "mucus;" Old English cliða "plaster"), from root *glei- "to stick together" (see clay). In reference to glue from boiled animal hoofs and hides, c.1400. Glue-sniffing attested from 1963.
late 14c., from Old French gluer, from glu (see glue (n.)). Related: Glued; gluing.