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

  • n. A strong liquid adhesive obtained by boiling collagenous animal parts such as bones, hides, and hooves into hard gelatin and then adding water.
  • n. Any of various similar adhesives, such as paste, mucilage, or epoxy.
  • n. An adhesive force or factor: Idealism was the glue that held our group together.
  • transitive v. To stick or fasten with or as if with glue.
  • transitive v. To fasten on something attentively: Our eyes were glued to the stage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To join with glue or a viscous substance; to cause to stick or hold fast, as if with glue; to fix or fasten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A very low grade of hide, practically worthless for tanning, but used in the manufacture of glue: commonly called glue-stock.

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

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


Middle English glu, from Old French, from Late Latin glūs, glūt-, from Latin glūten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French glu (now ‘birdlime’), from Late Latin glus, glut-, from Latin gluten. (Wiktionary)



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