Adhesiveness

adhesive

[ad-hee-siv, -ziv]
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:
1660–70; adhes(ion) + -ive

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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adhesive (ədˈhiːsɪv)
 
adj
1.  able or designed to adhere; sticky: adhesive tape
2.  tenacious or clinging
 
n
3.  a substance used for sticking objects together, such as glue, cement, or paste
 
ad'hesively
 
adv
 
ad'hesiveness
 
n

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adhesive
1660s, from Fr. adhésif, formed in Fr., from L. adhaesionem (nom. adhaesio) "a sticking to" (see adhesion). The noun is attested from 1912.
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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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adhesive   (ād-hē'sĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
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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