What does adhesive mean?

Definitions for adhesiveædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word adhesive.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together

  2. adhesive(adj)

    tending to adhere


  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

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. adhsif.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adhesive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adhesive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Xiaosong Gu:

    The findings provide a robust genetic basis of adhesive setae formation.

  2. Thomas Chandler Haliburton:

    Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.

  3. Claire Carmalt:

    I think the improvement is the fact that we get this very resistant coating, so generally these superhydrophobic coatings are very mechanically weak, so can be easily rubbed off over time, whereas by applying this spray adhesive we've managed to get very resistant coatings that are resistant to, as I say, rubbing or scratching and with sandpaper and so on.

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