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.