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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adhesive mean? 

  The noun ADHESIVE has 1 sense:

1. a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together

  Familiarity information: ADHESIVE used as a noun is very rare.

ADHESIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ADHESIVE has 1 sense:

1. tending to adhere

  Familiarity information: ADHESIVE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A substance that unites or bonds surfaces together

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances


adhesive; adhesive agent; adhesive material

Hypernyms ("adhesive" is a kind of...):

material; stuff (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object)

Meronyms (substance of "adhesive"):

epoxy; epoxy glue; epoxy resin (a thermosetting resin; used chiefly in strong adhesives and coatings and laminates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "adhesive"):

birdlime; lime (a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds)

spirit gum (an adhesive solution made of gum and ether and used to attach false hair to skin)

binder (something used to bind separate particles together or facilitate adhesion to a surface)

cement (something that hardens to act as adhesive material)

library paste; paste (an adhesive made from water and flour or starch; used on paper and paperboard)

rubber cement (an adhesive made by dissolving unvulcanized rubber in a solvent like benzene or naphtha)

ADHESIVE (adjective)

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Tending to adhere


stick-on (of something (a paper label or postage stamp) gummed in advance)

self-sealing (seals without the application of moisture)

pitchy; resinous; resiny; tarry (having the characteristics of pitch or tar)

gummed; gummy (treated with an adhesive gum)

gum-like (resembling chewing gum)

gooey; icky (soft and sticky)

gluey; glutinous; gummy; mucilaginous; pasty; sticky; viscid; viscous (having the sticky properties of an adhesive)

cohesive (causing cohesion)

coherent; tenacious (sticking together)

bondable (capable of holding together or cohering; as particles in a mass)

agglutinate; agglutinative (united as if by glue)

adherent (sticking fast)

sticky (covered with an adhesive material)


nonadhesive (not tending to adhere)

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