Glue vs Adhesive - What's the difference?

glue | adhesive |


As nouns the difference between glue and adhesive

is that glue is a hard gelatin made by boiling bones and hides, used in solution as an adhesive; or any sticky adhesive substance while adhesive is a substance, such as glue, that provides or promotes adhesion.

As a verb glue

is to join or attach something using glue.

As a adjective adhesive is

sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

glue

English

(wikipedia glue)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A hard gelatin made by boiling bones and hides, used in solution as an adhesive; or any sticky adhesive substance.
  • (obsolete) Birdlime.
  • Derived terms

    * bee glue * fish glue * glue code * glue plant * glue stick * glueball * gluey * marine glue

    Verb

  • To join or attach something using glue.
  • I need to glue the chair-leg back into place.
  • * '>citation
  • To cause something to adhere closely to; to follow attentively.
  • His eyes were glued to the screen.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • So as I lay on the ground with my ear glued close against the wall, who should march round the church but John Trenchard, Esquire, not treading delicately like King Agag, or spying, but just come on a voyage of discovery for himself.

    Derived terms

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    Anagrams

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    adhesive

    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.
  • Apt or tending to adhere; clinging.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A substance, such as glue, that provides or promotes adhesion.