Definition of adhesion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈhiːʒ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of adhering to a surface or object: the adhesion of the gum strip to the paper
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  • Another favorite for secure adhesion on a variety of surfaces is contact cement.
  • The edge strips were glued in place, held down with sticky tape to ensure good adhesion and left 24 Hrs for the adhesive to fully cure.
  • When insulation is used in the cavity, foam-board adhesive is applied to the back for adhesion.
1.1The frictional grip of wheels, shoes, etc. on a surface: the sole unit provides good adhesion for walking on all surfaces
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  • Starting a train from rest with limited power and adhesion of the rear wheels only was always a problem.
  • Where normal street tyres would be screaming in protest, approaching the very high limit of adhesion in a bend produces chirping noises from the Cup tyres.
  • A hint of tyre screech indicated we were approaching the limit of adhesion and our heart rates quickened.
traction, grip, purchase, friction, resistance
1.2 Physics The sticking together of particles of different substances.
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  • When a molecule attracts to a different substance, this is termed adhesion.
  • At this average receptor density, if all the particles are homogeneous, there are too few receptors on any particle to support any adhesion.
  • The electrostatic theory suggests that adhesion is the result of differences in the electronegativities of adhering materials.
1.3Allegiance to a particular person, party, or set of ideas: he was harshly criticized for his adhesion to Say’s law
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  • The protection of minorities, which is one of the political criteria for adhesion to the European Union, has led to programs aimed at improving the lot of Gypsies in central Europe.
  • And their professed adhesion to the economic formula of Socialism would not of itself be good enough to alter my attitude towards them.
  • To be fair to Bodin, the offenses poured out against him by his malicious contemporaries at the time of his adhesion to the League should be analyzed and understood historically.
2 Medicine An abnormal adhering of surfaces due to inflammation or injury: [count noun]: endoscopic surgery for pelvic adhesions
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  • There are no adhesions, abnormal fluid collection, or unusual color changes.
  • The surgeon looks for adhesions and other abnormalities.
  • Rubbery bands of scar tissue, called adhesions, may form.


Late 15th century: from French adhésion, from Latin adhaesio(n-), from the verb adhaerere (see adhere).

Words that rhyme with adhesion

cohesion, Friesian, lesion

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