Definition of adhesive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ədˈhiːsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhiːsɪv//
; BrE BrE//ədˈhiːzɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhiːzɪv//
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[countable, uncountable] a substance that you use to make things stick together Use a good waterproof adhesive in addition to the screws. The adhesive takes at least an hour to set. Word Origin late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘tending to adhere or cling to’): from French adhésif, -ive, from the verb adhérer, from Latin adhaerere ‘stick to’, from ad- ‘to’ + haerere ‘to stick’.
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