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[gloo] /glu/
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.
any of various solutions or preparations of this substance, used as an adhesive.
any of various other solutions or preparations that can be used as adhesives.
verb (used with object), glued, gluing.
to join or fasten with glue.
to cover or smear (something) with glue (sometimes followed by up).
to fix or attach firmly with or as if with glue; make adhere closely:
to glue a model ship together.
Origin of glue
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.
4. paste, gum, stick, cement, plaster. Unabridged
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  • Of course this potential problem could be obviated by simply not nearly gluing the phone to one location on your body.
  • The amount of community spirit or trust that an economy has gluing it together.
  • gluing quarks into protons and neutrons are appositely named gluons.
  • These results indicate that a sucker-footed bat sticks to a leaf by gluing its wrists and ankles to it.
  • They are all great lovers of makeup and technique who revel in gluing on a false mustache or adopting a foreign accent.
  • He tried gluing sandpaper to his shoes, but wore out the mat.
  • Target moisture content depends on the type of resin used in subsequent gluing steps.
  • Freshly cut veneers are ordinarily unsuited for gluing because of their wetness.
  • The physical altering of rock faces by chiseling, glue reinforcement of existing holds, and gluing of new holds is prohibited.
  • Commercial, rotary-cut veneer was used in these gluing experiments.
British Dictionary definitions for gluing


any natural or synthetic adhesive, esp a sticky gelatinous substance prepared by boiling animal products such as bones, skin, and horns
any other sticky or adhesive substance
verb glues, gluing, glueing, glued
(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 gluing



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.


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

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