from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A strong liquid adhesive obtained by boiling collagenous animal parts such as bones, hides, and hooves into hard gelatin and then adding water.
  • noun Any of various similar adhesives, such as paste, mucilage, or epoxy.
  • noun An adhesive force or factor.
  • transitive verb To stick, fasten, or cause to adhere.
  • transitive verb To cause to be focused on or directed at something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To join with glue or other viscous substance; stick or hold fast.
  • To unite or hold together as if by glue; fix or fasten firmly.
  • To stick fast; adhere; unite; cling.
  • noun A very low grade of hide, practically worthless for tanning, but used in the manufacture of glue: commonly called glue-stock.
  • noun A viscous adhesive substance used as a cement for uniting pieces of wood or other material, or in combination with other substances to give body or to make rollers, molds, packing, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hard brittle brownish gelatin, obtained by boiling to a jelly the skins, hoofs, etc., of animals. When gently heated with water, it becomes viscid and tenaceous, and is used as a cement for uniting substances. The name is also given to other adhesive or viscous substances.
  • noun See under Bee.
  • noun a strong kind of glue obtained from fish skins and bladders; isinglass.
  • noun (Bot.) a fucoid seaweed (Gloiopeltis tenax).
  • noun a fluid preparation of glue and acetic acid or alcohol.
  • noun a solution of caoutchouc in naphtha, with shellac, used in shipbuilding.
  • transitive verb To join with glue or a viscous substance; to cause to stick or hold fast, as if with glue; to fix or fasten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hard gelatin made by boiling bones and hides, used in solution as an adhesive; or any sticky adhesive substance.
  • noun obsolete Birdlime.
  • verb transitive To join or attach something using glue.
  • verb transitive To cause something to adhere closely to; to follow attentively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb join or attach with or as if with glue
  • verb be fixed as if by glue
  • noun cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English glu, from Old French, from Late Latin glūs, glūt-, from Latin glūten.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French glu (now ‘birdlime’), from Late Latin glus, glut-, from Latin gluten.


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