- 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 adhesiveness
Acquisitiveness is an essential trait of aristocracy, and adhesiveness of its perpetuity.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Directly above Inhabitiveness and Adhesiveness, Continuity is located.
I mention this incident to give an idea of the adhesiveness of the glue used in the construction of Swifts' nests.Bird Lore, Volume I--1899
A little boiled rice flour improves its adhesiveness for indoor use.The Choctaw Freedmen
Robert Elliott Flickinger
Fipps was a man of cosmopolitan tastes, and he had not the phrenological organs of locality and adhesiveness largely developed.Secret Service or Recollections of a City Detective
- 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 adhesiveness
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.