adhesive

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
  1. adjective
    tending to adhere
    Synonyms:
    adherent
    sticking fast
    agglutinate, agglutinative
    united as if by glue
    bondable
    capable of holding together or cohering; as particles in a mass
    coherent, tenacious
    sticking together
    cohesive
    causing cohesion
    gluey, glutinous, gummy, mucilaginous, pasty, sticky, viscid, viscous
    having the sticky properties of an adhesive
    gooey, icky
    soft and sticky
    gum-like
    resembling chewing gum
    gummed, gummy
    covered with adhesive gum
    pitchy, resinous, resiny, tarry
    having the characteristics of pitch or tar
    self-sealing
    seals without the application of moisture
    stick-on
    of something (a paper label or postage stamp) gummed in advance
    sticky
    covered with an adhesive material
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    nonadhesive
    not tending to adhere
    nonglutinous, nonviscid
    not resembling glue in texture
    non-resinous, non-resiny, nonresinous, nonresiny
    not having resin
    ungummed
    not treated with adhesive gum
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  2. noun
    a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
    synonyms: 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
    binder
    something used to bind separate particles together or facilitate adhesion to a surface
    cement
    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
    putty
    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
    mastic
    a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler
    wafer
    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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