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From Middle English glue, from Old French glu (glue, birdlime), from Late Latin glūs (stem glūt-), from Latin glūten. Related to clay.



glue (countable and uncountable, plural glues)

  1. A hard gelatin made by boiling bones and hides, used in solution as an adhesive; or any sticky adhesive substance.
  2. (obsolete) Birdlime.

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glue (third-person singular simple present glues, present participle gluing or glueing, simple past and past participle glued)

  1. (transitive) To join or attach something using glue.
    I need to glue the chair-leg back into place.
    • 2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season [print version: Under the hemiparasite, International New York Times, 24–25 December 2014, p. 7]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [] The flesh [of the mistletoe berry] is sticky, and forms strings and ribbons between my thumb and forefinger. For the mistletoe, this viscous goop – and by the way, viscous comes to English from viscum – is crucial. The stickiness means that, after eating the berries, birds often regurgitate the seeds and then wipe their bills on twigs – leading to the seeds' getting glued to the tree, where they can germinate and begin the cycle anew.
  2. (transitive) To cause something to adhere closely to; to follow attentively.
    His eyes were glued to the screen.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      So as I lay on the ground with my ear glued close against the wall, who should march round the church but John Trenchard, Esquire, not treading delicately like King Agag, or spying, but just come on a voyage of discovery for himself.

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