glue

[ gloo ]
/ glu /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), glued, glu·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. glucosyltransferase,
  2. glucuronate,
  3. glucuronic acid,
  4. glucuronidase,
  5. glucuronide,
  6. glue ear,
  7. glue sniffing,
  8. glue-pot,
  9. glue-sniffing,
  10. glueball

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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British Dictionary definitions for glue

glue

/ (ɡluː) /

noun

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

verb glues, gluing, glueing or glued

(tr) to join or stick together with or as if with glue
Derived Formsgluelike, adjectivegluer, noungluey, adjective

Word Origin for glue

C14: from Old French glu, from Late Latin glūs; compare Greek gloios

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