- 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 gluing
They are made by jointing and gluing many small blocks of wood together with the cut ends facing upward.
Edge-grain boards are made by placing planks of wood on edge (taller than they are wide) and gluing them together under pressure.
So all that day the shepherd was splicing, and hammering, and gluing, and bandaging.The Monkey That Would Not Kill
Where much surface is required for gluing, a double one may be better.Handwork in Wood
When gluing up the whole table, be sure the sides are square to each other.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
The assembling consisted of first gluing together the sides and ends.
By gluing these pieces together alternately, border a will result.
- 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 gluing
late 14c., from Old French gluer, from glu (see glue (n.)). Related: Glued; gluing.
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.