Definitions for adhesiveædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•he•siveædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv(adj.)

  1. coated with glue, mastic, or other sticky substance:

    adhesive bandages.

  2. tending to adhere; sticking fast; clinging.

  3. (n.)a substance that causes something to adhere, as glue.

  4. Ref: adhesive tape.

  5. a postage or revenue stamp with a gummed back.

    Category: Philately

Origin of adhesive:

1660–70

ad•he′sive•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adhesive material, adhesive agent, adhesive(adj)

    a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together

  2. adhesive(adj)

    tending to adhere

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. adhesive(noun)ædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv

    a substance that makes things stick

    powerful adhesives; adhesive tape

Wiktionary

  1. adhesive(Noun)

    A substance, such as glue, that provides or promotes adhesion.

  2. adhesive(Adjective)

    Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.

  3. adhesive(Adjective)

    Apt or tending to adhere; clinging.

  4. Origin: From adhésif, from as if *, from adhasus, past participle of adhaerere; see adhere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adhesive(adj)

    sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances

  2. Adhesive(adj)

    apt or tending to adhere; clinging

Freebase

  1. Adhesive

    An adhesive is any substance that, when applied to the surfaces of materials, binds the surfaces together and resists separation. The term "adhesive" may be used interchangeably with glue, cement, mucilage, or paste. Adjectives may be used in conjunction with the word “adhesive” to describe properties based on the substance's physical form, its chemical form, the type of materials it is used to join, or the conditions under which it is applied. The use of adhesives offers many advantages over other binding techniques such as sewing, welding, bolting, screwing, etc. These advantages include the ability to bind different materials together, the ability to distribute stress more efficiently across the joint, the cost effectiveness of an easily mechanized process, an improvement in aesthetic design, and an increased design flexibility. Disadvantages of adhesive use include decreased stability at high temperatures, relative weakness in bonding large objects with a small bonding surface area, and greater difficulty in separating objects during testing. Adhesives may be found naturally or be produced synthetically. The earliest use of adhesive-like substances by humans was approximately 200,000 years ago. From then until the 1900s, increases in adhesive use and discovery were relatively gradual. Only since the last century has the development of synthetic adhesives accelerated rapidly, and innovation in the field continues to the present.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

adhesive(adjective)

able to adhere; sticky

adhesive tape.

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