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adhesive

[ad-hee-siv, -ziv] /ædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv/
adjective
1.
coated with glue, paste, mastic, or other sticky substance:
adhesive bandages.
2.
sticking fast; sticky; clinging.
3.
Physics. of or pertaining 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.
6.
Philately. a postage stamp with a gummed back, as distinguished from one embossed or printed on an envelope or card.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; adhes(ion) + -ive
Related forms
adhesively, adverb
adhesiveness, noun
nonadhesive, adjective
nonadhesively, adverb
nonadhesiveness, noun
semiadhesive, adjective
semiadhesively, adverb
semiadhesiveness, noun
unadhesive, adjective
unadhesively, adverb
unadhesiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for adhesiveness

adhesive

/ədˈhiːsɪv/
adjective
1.
able or designed to adhere; sticky: adhesive tape
2.
tenacious or clinging
noun
3.
a substance used for sticking objects together, such as glue, cement, or paste
Derived Forms
adhesively, adverb
adhesiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for adhesiveness

adhesive

adj.

1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past participle stem of adhaere (see adherent).

n.

1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps (adhesive stamp is attested from 1840). Of substances that cause to adhere by 1900.

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adhesiveness in Medicine

adhesive ad·he·sive (ād-hē'sĭv, -zĭv)
adj.

  1. Tending to adhere; sticky.

  2. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adhesion.

n.
A substance that adheres to a surface or causes adherence between surfaces.
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adhesiveness in Science
adhesive
  (ād-hē'sĭv)   
Noun  A substance, such as paste or cement, that causes two surfaces to stick together. Adhesives are made of gelatin or other substances, such as epoxy, resin, or polyethylene.

Adjective  Relating to adhesion.
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Encyclopedia Article for adhesiveness

adhesive

any substance that is capable of holding materials together in a functional manner by surface attachment that resists separation. "Adhesive" as a general term includes cement, mucilage, glue, and paste-terms that are often used interchangeably for any organic material that forms an adhesive bond. Inorganic substances such as portland cement also can be considered adhesives, in the sense that they hold objects such as bricks and beams together through surface attachment, but this article is limited to a discussion of organic adhesives, both natural and synthetic

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