Adjective "adhesive" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Able to stick fast to a surface or object; sticky.
  1. 'The serial numbers are printed on adhesive strips, so I put the strip on the case.'
  2. 'He also has a piece of adhesive gum with drawing pins sunk in it which, when combined with a thick rubber band, makes a horrifying catapult.'
  3. 'Many other gastropods use mucus to attach to the substratum with varying degrees of adhesive strength.'
  4. 'Now the average consumer can forget about toying with adhesive labels and just print right to the disc.'
  5. 'The operator has only to recognise that cardiac arrest may have occurred and attach two adhesive electrodes to the patient's chest.'
  6. 'Britain's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, had been launched just seven months earlier.'
  7. 'Cut two squares, a half-inch wider and taller than the opening, from clear adhesive paper.'
  8. 'The stitches above and below each eye were covered by sterilised adhesive strips, with gauze dressings hiding everything from view.'
  9. 'Insect adhesive organs are either smooth and deformable cuticle pads or fields of adhesive setae.'
  10. 'One color can simply be left plain, while the other can be distinguished with a simple piece of tape or adhesive dot.'


A substance used for sticking objects or materials together; glue.
  1. 'Dawn soaked a cotton ball with adhesive remover and then applied it with gentle dabs to Nikolas' jaw.'
  2. 'Tissue adhesives, including fibrin glue, are alternative means for attaching conjunctival grafts.'
  3. 'The deck and hull are fastened together with adhesives and mechanical fasteners.'
  4. 'Consider the social glues, the variety of adhesives meant to hold us together.'
  5. 'They will eat almost anything, including caulk and adhesives, but they particularly like greasy materials.'
  6. 'The technique he evolved was to mix sand with chemical adhesives to produce a sturdy material suitable for sculpting.'
  7. 'Epoxy or acrylic adhesives are established for use with optical benches, filters, and freestanding optics.'
  8. 'Even though tile adhesives aren't usually abrasive, if you leave it for some time it may cause an allergic reaction.'
  9. 'Unfortunately, the adhesives that stick the best are also the most difficult to remove.'
  10. 'The tapes are available with solid adhesives or solvent acrylic and rubber adhesives.'

More definitions

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

2. sticking fast; sticky; clinging.

3. Physics. of or relating to the molecular force that exists in the area of contact between unlike bodies and that acts to unite them. noun

4. a substance that causes something to adhere, as glue or rubber cement.

5. adhesive tape.

6. Philately. a postage stamp with a gummed back, as distinguished from one embossed or printed on an envelope or card.

More examples(as adjective)

"strips can be adhesive."

"ranges can be adhesive."

"properties can be adhesive."

"interactions can be adhesive."

"eggs can be adhesive."

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Late 17th century (in the sense ‘tending to adhere or cling to’): from French adhésif, -ive, from the verb adhérer, from Latin adhaerere ‘stick to’ (see adhere).