Definition of adhesive in English:

adhesive

adjective

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

    ‘an adhesive label’
    • ‘His own name and address were present, printed on a generic adhesive label.’
    • ‘The stitches above and below each eye were covered by sterilised adhesive strips, with gauze dressings hiding everything from view.’
    • ‘The operator has only to recognise that cardiac arrest may have occurred and attach two adhesive electrodes to the patient's chest.’
    • ‘Cut two squares, a half-inch wider and taller than the opening, from clear adhesive paper.’
    • ‘Is that a more courteous and smooth version of adhesive label?’
    • ‘One color can simply be left plain, while the other can be distinguished with a simple piece of tape or adhesive dot.’
    • ‘Britain's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, had been launched just seven months earlier.’
    • ‘In addition to the mousepad itself, they also give you two strips of Teflon with adhesive backing known as Padsurfers.’
    • ‘This problem is avoided if adhesive electrodes are used.’
    • ‘Insect adhesive organs are either smooth and deformable cuticle pads or fields of adhesive setae.’
    • ‘Now the average consumer can forget about toying with adhesive labels and just print right to the disc.’
    • ‘This dressing is sealed with transparent adhesive drape.’
    • ‘The electrodes should be attached to the skin by double-sided adhesive collars.’
    • ‘Many other gastropods use mucus to attach to the substratum with varying degrees of adhesive strength.’
    • ‘The serial numbers are printed on adhesive strips, so I put the strip on the case.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The owner places adhesive labels or tags on each item he or she cannot afford to lose.’
    • ‘There will be a lucky dip, incorporating the elusive Penny Black, the world's first adhesive postage stamp.’
    • ‘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
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noun

  • A substance used for sticking objects or materials together; glue.

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

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).

Pronunciation

adhesive

/ədˈhiːsɪv//ədˈhiːzɪv/