Definition of glue in English:

glue

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Pronunciation: /gluː
 
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noun

[mass noun]

verb (glues, gluing or glueing, glued)

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  • 1Fasten or join with or as if with glue: the wood is cut into pieces which are then glued together
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    • My eyelids are glued together, and I feel like I'm doing everything in slow motion.
    • Tender keyboard melodies and skeletal guitar rhythms are glued together in darkness.
    • Meticulously gluing them together piece by piece, Kaufman builds up feathered layers and leaflike clusters of paint.
    Synonyms
    stick, gum, paste; affix, fix, cement, epoxy
    rare agglutinate, conglutinate
  • 1.1 (be glued to) • informal Be paying very close attention to (something, especially a television): I was glued to the telly when the Olympics were on
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    • 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.
    • In the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians were glued to radio and television broadcasts.
    • In cities such as Prague, expatriates were glued to televisions in bars, bemused locals looking on.
    Synonyms
    be riveted to/by, be gripped by, be hypnotized by, be mesmerized by; be fixed on, be fastened on, be pinned to, be locked on

Derivatives

glue-like

adjective
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  • This may be serous or, in chronic cases, thick, mucoid and glue-like.
  • Obviously its sticky, glue-like qualities are what makes it so useful.
  • Because the tongue of a young woodpecker has a smooth tip, the sticky, glue-like saliva is used to pull grubs out of their galleries.

gluey

Pronunciation: /ˈgluːi/
adjective
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  • The smell of the lemon zest, the squishy feel of the batter when she made me stick my hands in the mix as she would pour in the beaten eggs, then the flour, then more lemon peel, and I would whine that dough, at first, was gluey and stuck to my hands.
  • During the average 30-day life span of the louse, the female attaches 60 to 150 eggs, commonly called nits, to hair shafts near the scalp with a sticky, gluey substance.
  • And these are enzymes that make up a gluey, sticky substance, known as glucan, and the bacteria make this from sugar.

glueyness

noun
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  • It comes with a brown meaty reduction with an orange tang, which sits on that borderline between agreeable syrupyness and disagreeable glueyness, an addictive confit of softly sweated onions and pukka mash.
  • Or if you want that gumbo-like glueyness, just slice the okra and cook it along with tomatoes, onions and garlic, stirring often.
  • The polenta was light, sweet, and studded with corn kernels, without any of the glueyness or heaviness associated with most other polentas.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French glu (noun), gluer (verb), from late Latin glus, glut-, from Latin gluten.

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