Meaning of GLUE in English
I. glue 1 /ɡluː/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]
[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: French ; Origin: glu , from Latin glus ]
a sticky substance used for joining things together
II. glue 2 BrE AmE verb ( present participle gluing or glueing ) [transitive]
1 . to join two things together using glue SYN stick
glue something (back) together
The sheets are glued together with strong adhesive.
glue something in place/position
Check that you have glued everything in place properly.
2 . be glued to something informal
a) to look at something with all your attention:
He was glued to the TV when the Olympics were on.
b) to not move because you are very interested, surprised, frightened etc:
We were glued to our chairs, listening intently to every word.
be glued to the spot British English :
Sarah was glued to the spot, terrified by the scene in front of her.
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▪ fasten to join together the two sides of a piece of clothing, bag, belt etc:
He fastened the necklace behind her neck.
▪ attach to fasten something firmly to another object or surface, using screws, nails, tape, glue etc:
The boards were attached with screws.
The prisoner was attached to the wall with chains.
▪ join to connect or fasten things together:
Join the pieces using a strong glue
▪ glue to join things together using glue:
Glue the fabric to the white card.
▪ tape to fasten something using tape:
The students' name cards were taped to the table.
▪ staple to fasten something using ↑ staple s (=a small piece of wire that is pressed through paper using a special machine) :
Don't staple your resumé to your cover letter.
▪ clip to fasten things together using a ↑ clip (=a small metal object) :
A photo was clipped to the letter.
▪ tie to fasten a tie, shoelaces etc by making a knot:
Don't forget to tie your shoelaces!
▪ do something up especially British English to fasten a piece of clothing or the buttons etc on it:
The teacher doesn't have time to do up every child's coat.
Let me do it up for you.
▪ button (up) to fasten a shirt, coat etc with buttons:
His shirt was buttoned right to the top.
▪ zip (up) to fasten a piece of clothing, a bag etc with a ↑ zip :
Zip up your jacket, it's cold.
▪ buckle (up) to fasten a seat belt, belt, shoe etc that has a ↑ buckle (=small metal object that fits through a hole in a strap) :
The little girl struggled to buckle her shoes.
▪ unfasten/untie/undo/unbutton/unzip to open something that is fastened:
Do not unfasten your seatbelt until the car has stopped completely.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012