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glue

[gloo]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. any of various solutions or preparations of this substance, used as an adhesive.
  3. any of various other solutions or preparations that can be used as adhesives.
verb (used with object), glued, glu·ing.
  1. to join or fasten with glue.
  2. to cover or smear (something) with glue (sometimes followed by up).
  3. to fix or attach firmly with or as if with glue; make adhere closely: to glue a model ship together.

Origin of glue

1300–50; (noun) Middle English glu, gleu < Old French glu < Latin glūt- (stem of glūs); cognate with Greek gloiós gum, anything sticky; (v.) Middle English glywen, glewen, derivative of the noun
Related formsglue·like, adjectiveglu·er, nounre·glue, verb (used with object), re·glued, re·glu·ing.

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4. paste, gum, stick, cement, plaster.
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Historical Examples

  • If this happened, work had to be suspended until a new block was engraved, or until the sections were reglued.

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British Dictionary definitions for reglued

glue

noun
  1. any natural or synthetic adhesive, esp a sticky gelatinous substance prepared by boiling animal products such as bones, skin, and horns
  2. any other sticky or adhesive substance
verb glues, gluing, glueing or glued
  1. (tr) to join or stick together with or as if with glue
Derived Formsgluelike, adjectivegluer, noungluey, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French glu, from Late Latin glūs; compare Greek gloios
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Word Origin and History for reglued

glue

v.

late 14c., from Old French gluer, from glu (see glue (n.)). Related: Glued; gluing.

glue

n.

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.

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