An adhesive is something sticky that holds things together. Use an adhesive to repair a cracked plate.

Adhesive comes from the Latin adhaerere, meaning "stick to," which is precisely what something adhesive does — it sticks to things. An adhesive bonds surfaces together. It's the sticky side on a roll of duct tape that causes it to be so effective. The word can be used to describe both the substance itself: to use an adhesive, for example — or its property of stickiness: an adhesive bandage sticks to the skin.

Definitions of adhesive

adj tending to adhere

sticking fast
agglutinate, agglutinative
united as if by glue
capable of holding together or cohering; as particles in a mass
coherent, tenacious
sticking together
causing cohesion
gluey, glutinous, gummy, mucilaginous, pasty, sticky, viscid, viscous
having the sticky properties of an adhesive
gooey, icky
soft and sticky
resembling chewing gum
gummed, gummy
covered with adhesive gum
pitchy, resinous, resiny, tarry
having the characteristics of pitch or tar
seals without the application of moisture
of something (a paper label or postage stamp) gummed in advance
covered with an adhesive material
not tending to adhere
nonglutinous, nonviscid
not resembling glue in texture
non-resinous, non-resiny, nonresinous, nonresiny
not having resin
not treated with adhesive gum
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n a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together

adhesive agent, adhesive material
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birdlime, lime
a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds
spirit gum
an adhesive solution made of gum and ether and used to attach false hair to skin
something used to bind separate particles together or facilitate adhesion to a surface
something that hardens to act as adhesive material
library paste, paste
an adhesive made from water and flour or starch; used on paper and paperboard
rubber cement
an adhesive made by dissolving unvulcanized rubber in a solvent like benzene or naphtha
glue, gum, mucilage
cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
a dough-like mixture of whiting and boiled linseed oil; used especially to patch woodwork or secure panes of glass
iron putty
a cement resembling putty; made by mixing ferric oxide and boiled linseed oil; is acid resistant
red-lead putty
a cement resembling putty; made by mixing white and red lead in boiled linseed oil; used as luting on pipe fittings
a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler
a small adhesive disk of paste; used to seal letters
Type of:
material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

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