adhesive Definition

a substance used for sticking objects or materials together.

Using adhesive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "adhesive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need an adhesive to fix this broken vase.

  • Example

    The label on the bottle is attached with an adhesive.

  • Example

    The carpenter used an adhesive to join the pieces of wood together.

adhesive Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for adhesive

Phrases with adhesive

  • self-adhesive

    able to stick to a surface without the need for additional glue or adhesive


    The new wallpaper is self-adhesive, making it easy to install.

  • a strip of material coated with an adhesive substance, used for sticking things together


    I used adhesive tape to wrap the gift.

  • a small piece of fabric or plastic with an adhesive backing, used to cover a minor wound


    She put an adhesive bandage on the cut on her finger.

Origins of adhesive

from Latin 'adhaerere', meaning 'to stick'


Summary: adhesive in Brief

An 'adhesive' [ədˈhiːsɪv] is a substance used for sticking objects or materials together. It can be in the form of glue, cement, paste, or sealant, and is commonly used in construction, crafts, and household repairs. Phrases like 'self-adhesive,' 'adhesive tape,' and 'adhesive bandage' describe specific types of adhesives. 'Adhesive' is a formal term for substances that bond materials together.

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