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 Originlate 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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