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adhesive Syllabification: ad·he·sive
Pronunciation: /adˈhēsiv/

Definition of adhesive in English:


Able to stick fast to a surface or object; sticky: an adhesive label
More example sentences
  • Now the average consumer can forget about toying with adhesive labels and just print right to the disc.
  • Is that a more courteous and smooth version of adhesive label?
  • The owner places adhesive labels or tags on each item he or she cannot afford to lose.


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A substance used for sticking objects or materials together; glue.
Example sentences
  • White glue and tape are adhesives that companies make for people to get things to stick together.
  • Unfortunately, the adhesives that stick the best are also the most difficult to remove.
  • Tissue adhesives, including fibrin glue, are alternative means for attaching conjunctival grafts.


Example sentences
  • Rather than heat-welding balance weights to the shaft, UV FlexBond allows the weights to be adhesively attached and cured by a combination of chemical means and ultra-violet light.
  • Moldings retaining glass panels in openings defined in the door or similar structure are attached to the skins by adhesively fastening the moldings to the skins.
  • Gamma structure composite nonwoven fabric comprising at least two nonwoven webs adhesively bonded by a lightweight adhesive web
Pronunciation: /adˈhēsivnəs/
Example sentences
  • Nitric oxide also inhibits proliferation of smooth muscles, reduces leukocyte adhesiveness, and regulates endothelial permeability, to lipoproteins and other constituents of plasma.
  • This has been suggested to affect cancer cell adhesiveness, which may subsequently have consequences on metastasis.
  • Dextrans can decrease platelet adhesiveness, serum fibrinogen, and other factor levels to cause bleeding.


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).

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