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GLUE, noun glu. [Latin gluten.]

Inspissated animal gluten; a tenacious, viscid matter, which serves as a cement to unite other substances. It is made of the skins, parings, etc. of animals, as of oxen, calves or sheep, by boiling them to a jelly.

GLUE, verb transitive To join with glue or a viscous substance. Cabinet makers glue together some parts of furniture.

1. To unite; to hold together.

[This word is now seldom used in a figurative sense. The phrases, to glue friends together, vices glue us to low pursuits or pleasures, found in writers of the last century, are not now used, or are deemed inelegant.]