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.
- gluelike, adjective
- gluer, noun
- re·glue, verb (used with object), re·glued, re·glu·ing.
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How to use glue in a sentence
Imagine gluing together a bridge made out of toothpicks, only having to rip apart the glue to build a skyscraper with the same material.How a Memory Quirk of the Human Brain Can Galvanize AI | Shelly Fan | September 28, 2020 | Singularity Hub
ImageNet is being updated and glue has been replaced by SuperGLUE, a set of harder linguistic tasks.Facebook wants to make AI better by asking people to break it | Will Heaven | September 24, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
All you need to get started are popsicle sticks, rubber bands and some glue.
“How emoji has become the glue that holds everything together has been one of the more interesting insights of the study,” says Christina Janzer, Slack’s senior director of research and analytics.The angst of remote workers is evident in their emoji | Anne Quito | July 28, 2020 | Quartz
According to “How It Works,” envelope glue is made from gum arabic, which is a product of the hardened sap from acacia trees.
You see the handwork, the glue, how the people in the agency were working on it.
It is the “glue that holds often flaky single malts together,” as Broom puts it.
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. | Christopher Dickey | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She also was handy, hammering nails into walls and using a heat gun to chisel glue off the floor.The Wonderful Weirdness of Christine McConnell, Queen of Creepy Cookies | Tim Teeman | July 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Nico Hines | May 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Jefferies' Marine glue" can be procured at all times, the cost being about sixpence per pound.
One part of marine glue, and two of best red sealing-wax, form a beautiful cement for glass baths.
Another poison is of a pale glue color, which is supposed by Stanley to be made of crushed red ants.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Have ready in a pan some stiffening made by pouring boiling water on a very small piece of glue.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Across these was laid another layer at right angles, with perhaps a coating of glue or paste between them.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for glue
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
- gluelike, adjective
- gluer, noun
- gluey, adjective
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