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[ad-hee-siv, -ziv] /ædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv/
coated with glue, paste, mastic, or other sticky substance:
adhesive bandages.
sticking fast; sticky; clinging.
Physics. of or pertaining to the molecular force that exists in the area of contact between unlike bodies and that acts to unite them.
a substance that causes something to adhere, as glue or rubber cement.
Philately. a postage stamp with a gummed back, as distinguished from one embossed or printed on an envelope or card.
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for semi adhesive


able or designed to adhere; sticky adhesive tape
tenacious or clinging
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 semi 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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semi adhesive in Medicine

adhesive ad·he·sive (ād-hē'sĭv, -zĭv)

  1. Tending to adhere; sticky.

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

A substance that adheres to a surface or causes adherence between surfaces.
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semi adhesive in Science
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 semi 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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