Definition of glue in English:



  • [mass noun] An adhesive substance used for sticking objects or materials together.

    ‘waterproof glue’
    figurative ‘what is the glue that holds companies together?’
    • ‘The glue used was an epoxy resin of which two types were employed for different reasons.’
    • ‘The lid was sealed down, and two heavy duty magnets were stuck to the lid, using glue to hold the box on the underside of the car.’
    • ‘The self-assembly chairs, tables and sofas fit together without screws or glue.’
    • ‘Researchers plan to use the substance as a sort of glue for teeth-straightening braces.’
    • ‘Every day she would proudly leave the Club with some brilliant construction in lolly sticks, paint and glue.’
    • ‘The substance was finally identified as white PVA adhesive, a type of industrial glue.’
    • ‘Modern items use bought-in material like glues and plastic resins which are not produced locally.’
    • ‘Hannah found some scissors, material and glue, while Ton found paints and paintbrushes.’
    • ‘This kind of glue will stick to animal tissue as well as to metals and other materials.’
    • ‘The meat was being made to adhere together due, basically, to toxic glue.’
    • ‘The next day I woke up and my eyes had swollen and were stuck together with what seemed like glue.’
    • ‘The Chantelle Bleau Memorial Fund has spent the past six years campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers of volatile substances such as glues, gasses and aerosols by visiting schools.’
    • ‘The glue supplied to stick nail on nail would do a sterling job of adhering the girders of the Forth Bridge together.’
    • ‘Squeeze a dot of glue in the middle of the stick and press the face bead in it until set.’
    • ‘Madeleine brushed a streak of glue next to the Polaroid and stuck the green paper to the wall.’
    • ‘Then designate him as the control, and stick to him like glue for the rest of the night.’
    • ‘So I decided to make it thicker by adding a rubber layer, again glued with neoprene glue.’
    • ‘Most shoemakers work in big factories where conditions are usually unhealthy because of the noise and working with chemical substances such as glues, solvents and dressings.’
    • ‘I used a strong epoxy glue to secure both the swivel and the brass rod in position.’
    • ‘Adhesives and glues are substances that are capable of bonding two solid materials together at their surfaces.’
    adhesive, fixative, gum, paste, cement
    epoxy, epoxy resin, sealant, size, glair
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  • 1 Fasten or join with or as if with glue.

    ‘the wood is cut into pieces which are then glued together’
    • ‘While Amelia and Lisa work on their paint-by-numbers sets, Andrea sits on the floor, gluing hot-pink thread to a transparency.’
    • ‘Meticulously gluing them together piece by piece, Kaufman builds up feathered layers and leaflike clusters of paint.’
    • ‘Make sure to use pipe cleaner before gluing your pipe fittings together.’
    • ‘Seals are being pressed into service as mobile marine laboratories, with scientists gluing instruments to their backs in an attempt to find out more about global warming.’
    • ‘After building a wall of sandbags outside the shop, he glued the door shut, put silicone around it and settled in.’
    • ‘Because the bag part has to be glued into the frame it's a bit fiddly, I got a bit of glue on the outside of the purse.’
    • ‘With long sideburns of my own already in place, Jo has to cut the fake ones in half before glueing them on to my face.’
    • ‘To further embellish the tag, embroider a motif on the second tag before gluing the two together.’
    • ‘My eyelids are glued together, and I feel like I'm doing everything in slow motion.’
    • ‘Once all the pieces were made I glued it together and slid it onto the case fan.’
    • ‘The application of sufficient pressure to unlock the locking chain from the other chains can be increased using other locking techniques such as melting or glueing the beads together.’
    • ‘The most common criticism of British hardcovers is that they are glued rather than sewn.’
    • ‘It wasn't that gluing them together healed anything.’
    • ‘A cylinder was created from this rectangle, 12 inches tall, by gluing the ends together’
    • ‘The first step is in assembling the figures which simply involves gluing the arms together.’
    • ‘Tender keyboard melodies and skeletal guitar rhythms are glued together in darkness.’
    • ‘The curves were achieved by laminating thin boards, gluing them together and shaping them with a vise.’
    • ‘I take it off my tongue where it seems to have glued itself, put it back in, take another drink of water.’
    • ‘This problem was solved when I glued a wooden tongue depressor to the pieces.’
    • ‘Cluster three chestnuts side by side in a circle, gluing them together with your glue gun.’
    stick, gum, paste
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    1. 1.1informal Be paying very close attention to (something, especially a television)
      ‘I was glued to the telly when the Olympics were on’
      • ‘Some 90 minutes earlier, downtown Port-of-Spain was like a ghost town, allowing traffic to flow smoothly, as everyone was glued to televisions and radios.’
      • ‘Sitting in the Baltusrol media centre, I was glued to the television.’
      • ‘In cities such as Prague, expatriates were glued to televisions in bars, bemused locals looking on.’
      • ‘Like many people around the world this past weekend, I was glued to my television set following the latest updates on the tragedy which befell the Columbia Shuttle and its crew.’
      • ‘He, like many others of his ilk, was glued to television on Sunday morning watching the replays of truly one of the great moments of Indian cricket.’
      • ‘Our interest was further piqued when Shanghaiist's Chinese literature professor remarked that he too was glued to the television every night.’
      • ‘When I got home I put it straight on the television and was glued to the set until the end - I didn't even get up to make a cup of tea!’
      • ‘For much of that time he was glued to the television following the progress of the British skiers at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but when it came to the men's downhill, his interest was replaced by bitter disappointment.’
      • ‘Family and friends have been glued to the television to catch a glimpse of Joe - but Sharon realised this was impacting on her ten-year-old daughter, Shannon.’
      • ‘Everyone is glued to the television as horrifying news comes out of Kutch.’
      • ‘Just because I'm a woman does not mean I was glued to the television every Sunday night to watch other women talking about their sex lives.’
      • ‘In all parts of Canada, people were glued to their television sets, or listening to any radio available.’
      • ‘The sun is beating down, but he will be glued to the television for the next couple of hours as Rangers and Celtic battle out their CIS Cup quarter-final at his old spiritual home in Glasgow.’
      • ‘For what seemed like hours on the big day we were glued to our television sets, with only cubes of cheese and pickled onions skewered onto toothpicks to keep our strength up.’
      • ‘I think everyone is glued to their television, nobody knows what's going on, everybody's scared.’
      • ‘I'm totally glued to my screen and I'm supposed to be all grown up and stuff.’
      • ‘All across the continent today, football fans have been glued to their television sets to watch the Cup of Nations final.’
      • ‘In the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians were glued to radio and television broadcasts.’
      • ‘Unlike my mother, who has been glued to the television watching news updates, I refuse to sit and soak in all the killing and carnage going on in the world.’
      • ‘For the last 48 hours, Americans have been glued to their televisions watching both the storm and the recovery efforts live, as they happen.’
      be riveted by, be riveted to, be gripped by, be hypnotized by, be mesmerized by
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Middle English: from Old French glu (noun), gluer (verb), from late Latin glus, glut-, from Latin gluten.