1. coated with glue, paste, mastic, or other sticky substance: adhesive bandages.
  2. sticking fast; sticky; clinging.
  3. Physics. of or relating to the molecular force that exists in the area of contact between unlike bodies and that acts to unite them.


  1. a substance that causes something to adhere, as glue or rubber cement.
  2. adhesive tape.
  3. Philately. a postage stamp with a gummed back, as distinguished from one embossed or printed on an envelope or card.


  1. able or designed to adhere; stickyadhesive tape
  2. tenacious or clinging


  1. a substance used for sticking objects together, such as glue, cement, or paste

adj.1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past participle stem of adhaere (see adherent). n.1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps (adhesive stamp is attested from 1840). Of substances that cause to adhere by 1900. adj.

  1. Tending to adhere; sticky.
  2. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adhesion.


  1. A substance that adheres to a surface or causes adherence between surfaces.


  1. A substance, such as paste or cement, that causes two surfaces to stick together. Adhesives are made of gelatin or other substances, such as epoxy, resin, or polyethylene.


  1. Relating to adhesion.

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