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a. A strong liquid adhesive obtained by boiling collagenous animal parts such as bones, hides, and hooves into hard gelatin and then adding water.
b. Any of various similar adhesives, such as paste, mucilage, or epoxy.
2. An adhesive force or factor: Idealism was the glue that held our group together.
tr.v. glued, glu·ing, glues
1. To stick, fasten, or cause to adhere: glued the broken leg of the chair together.
2. To cause to be focused on or directed at something: Our eyes were glued to the stage.

[Middle English glu, from Old French, from Late Latin glūs, glūt-, from Latin glūten.]

glu′ey adj.
glu′i·ness n.


the state of being gluey
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Noun1.gluiness - the property of being cohesive and stickygluiness - the property of being cohesive and sticky
viscosity, viscousness - resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
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The rhythm of the body will be in it, heartbeat, pulse, sweating, menstrual flow, the gluiness of sperm, the squatting position at urinating, the movements of the intestines, together with the sublime needs of the spirit, and our duality will find its form in it, without renouncing one zone or the other.