Definition of adhesive in English:



  • Able to stick fast to a surface or object; sticky.

    ‘an adhesive label’
    • ‘Cut two squares, a half-inch wider and taller than the opening, from clear adhesive paper.’
    • ‘The stitches above and below each eye were covered by sterilised adhesive strips, with gauze dressings hiding everything from view.’
    • ‘Now the average consumer can forget about toying with adhesive labels and just print right to the disc.’
    • ‘In addition to the mousepad itself, they also give you two strips of Teflon with adhesive backing known as Padsurfers.’
    • ‘Is that a more courteous and smooth version of adhesive label?’
    • ‘This problem is avoided if adhesive electrodes are used.’
    • ‘He also has a piece of adhesive gum with drawing pins sunk in it which, when combined with a thick rubber band, makes a horrifying catapult.’
    • ‘This dressing is sealed with transparent adhesive drape.’
    • ‘The serial numbers are printed on adhesive strips, so I put the strip on the case.’
    • ‘One color can simply be left plain, while the other can be distinguished with a simple piece of tape or adhesive dot.’
    • ‘The owner places adhesive labels or tags on each item he or she cannot afford to lose.’
    • ‘The operator has only to recognise that cardiac arrest may have occurred and attach two adhesive electrodes to the patient's chest.’
    • ‘His own name and address were present, printed on a generic adhesive label.’
    • ‘Many other gastropods use mucus to attach to the substratum with varying degrees of adhesive strength.’
    • ‘Insect adhesive organs are either smooth and deformable cuticle pads or fields of adhesive setae.’
    • ‘There will be a lucky dip, incorporating the elusive Penny Black, the world's first adhesive postage stamp.’
    • ‘The electrodes should be attached to the skin by double-sided adhesive collars.’
    • ‘Britain's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, had been launched just seven months earlier.’
    • ‘Members of the Siganidae family first produce small adhesive egg sacs, which then become larvae.’
    sticky, sticking, adhering, adherent, clinging, tacky, gluey, gummy, gummed, cohesive, viscous, viscid, glutinous, mucilaginous
    gooey, gloopy, cloggy, gungy, icky
    tenacious, viscoid
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  • A substance used for sticking objects or materials together; glue.

    [mass noun] ‘tile adhesive’
    • ‘Paints, sealants, and adhesives have stepped into the ecologically aware 21st century too.’
    • ‘Epoxy or acrylic adhesives are established for use with optical benches, filters, and freestanding optics.’
    • ‘There were also lots of the plaques obviously missing, with just the swirls of adhesive remaining on the bricks.’
    • ‘Once you've removed the graphic, you'll probably find areas of adhesive residue remain on the bodywork.’
    • ‘Tissue adhesives, including fibrin glue, are alternative means for attaching conjunctival grafts.’
    • ‘Dawn soaked a cotton ball with adhesive remover and then applied it with gentle dabs to Nikolas' jaw.’
    • ‘Rubber cements or solvent cements are adhesives that contain organic solvents rather than water.’
    • ‘The tapes are available with solid adhesives or solvent acrylic and rubber adhesives.’
    • ‘Even though tile adhesives aren't usually abrasive, if you leave it for some time it may cause an allergic reaction.’
    • ‘I recommend ribbon tape, which has a little more adhesive, but may be more likely to cause a tape allergy.’
    • ‘So it's the adhesives and tile that have changed, not the concrete.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the adhesives that stick the best are also the most difficult to remove.’
    • ‘The researchers estimate that nano-velcro would be about 30 times stronger than conventional epoxy adhesives.’
    • ‘The technique he evolved was to mix sand with chemical adhesives to produce a sturdy material suitable for sculpting.’
    • ‘Albums may also be used but the pages should not be of colored paper and adhesives like glue and tape should be avoided.’
    • ‘The deck and hull are fastened together with adhesives and mechanical fasteners.’
    • ‘Consider the social glues, the variety of adhesives meant to hold us together.’
    • ‘White glue and tape are adhesives that companies make for people to get things to stick together.’
    • ‘They will eat almost anything, including caulk and adhesives, but they particularly like greasy materials.’
    • ‘There are of course better adhesives to bind false teeth and gums together.’
    glue, fixative, gum, paste, cement, bonding, binder, sealer, sealant
    superglue, epoxy resin
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Late 17th century (in the sense ‘tending to adhere or cling to’): from French adhésif, -ive, from the verb adhérer, from Latin adhaerere stick to (see adhere).