adhesive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ad-hē'siv, -ziv), [key]
— adj.
  1. coated with glue, paste, mastic, or other sticky substance: adhesive bandages.
  2. sticking fast; sticky; clinging.
  3. of or pertaining 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.
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  3. a postage stamp with a gummed back, as distinguished from one embossed or printed on an envelope or card.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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