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glue

[gloo] /glu/
noun
1.
a hard, impure, protein gelatin, obtained by boiling skins, hoofs, and other animal substances in water, that when melted or diluted is a strong adhesive.
2.
any of various solutions or preparations of this substance, used as an adhesive.
3.
any of various other solutions or preparations that can be used as adhesives.
verb (used with object), glued, gluing.
4.
to join or fasten with glue.
5.
to cover or smear (something) with glue (sometimes followed by up).
6.
to fix or attach firmly with or as if with glue; make adhere closely:
to glue a model ship together.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; (noun) Middle English glu, gleu < Old French glu < Latin glūt- (stem of glūs); cognate with Greek gloiós gum, anything sticky; (v.) Middle English glywen, glewen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
gluelike, adjective
gluer, noun
reglue, verb (used with object), reglued, regluing.
Synonyms
4. paste, gum, stick, cement, plaster.
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Examples for glues
  • The built of the furniture was so exquisite, nails of glues was never used.
British Dictionary definitions for glues

glue

/ɡluː/
noun
1.
any natural or synthetic adhesive, esp a sticky gelatinous substance prepared by boiling animal products such as bones, skin, and horns
2.
any other sticky or adhesive substance
verb glues, gluing, glueing, glued
3.
(transitive) to join or stick together with or as if with glue
Derived Forms
gluelike, adjective
gluer, noun
gluey, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French glu, from Late Latin glūs; compare Greek gloios
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Word Origin and History for glues

glue

n.

early 13c., from Old French glu "birdlime" (12c.), from Late Latin glutem (nominative glus) "glue," from Latin gluten "glue, beeswax," from PIE *gleit- "to glue, paste" (cf. Lithuanian glitus "sticky," glitas "mucus;" Old English cliða "plaster"), from root *glei- "to stick together" (see clay). In reference to glue from boiled animal hoofs and hides, c.1400. Glue-sniffing attested from 1963.

v.

late 14c., from Old French gluer, from glu (see glue (n.)). Related: Glued; gluing.

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