Definitions

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

  • adj. Tending to adhere; sticky.
  • adj. Gummed so as to adhere.
  • adj. Tending to persist; difficult if not impossible to shake off: "He feels an adhesive dread, a sudden acquaintance with the . . . darker side of mankind” ( George F. Will).
  • n. A substance, such as paste or cement, that provides or promotes adhesion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.
  • adj. Apt or tending to adhere; clinging.
  • n. A substance, such as glue, that provides or promotes adhesion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.
  • adj. Apt or tending to adhere; clinging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.
  • Figuratively, cleaving or clinging; adhering; remaining attached; not deviating from.
  • Gummed; fitted for adhesion: as, adhesive envelops.

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

  • n. a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
  • adj. tending to adhere

Etymologies

From French adhésif, from Latin as if *adhaesivus, from adhasus, past participle of adhaerere; see adhere. (Wiktionary)

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  • I think I hate this word because I knew a person who constantly mispronounced this as "Adeesive".

    Alas.

    August 26, 2008