[ ad-hee-siv, -ziv ]
/ ædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv /
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM adhesive
ad·he·sive·ly, adverbad·he·sive·ness, nounnon·ad·he·sive, adjectivenon·ad·he·sive·ly, adverb
non·ad·he·sive·ness, nounsem·i·ad·he·sive, adjectivesem·i·ad·he·sive·ly, adverbsem·i·ad·he·sive·ness, nounun·ad·he·sive, adjectiveun·ad·he·sive·ly, adverbun·ad·he·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for adhesively
/ (ədˈhiːsɪv) /
able or designed to adhere; stickyadhesive tape
tenacious or clinging
a substance used for sticking objects together, such as glue, cement, or paste
Derived forms of adhesiveadhesively, adverbadhesiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for adhesively
[ ăd-hē′sĭv ]
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.
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Scientific definitions for adhesively
[ ăd-hē′sĭv ]
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.
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