glue or adhesive

bizi2675   Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:46 pm GMT
Hi to all! I would like to know what is the difference between terms glue and adhesive. I know their meaning, I just don't understand why people sometimes use the term glue and sometimes the adhesive. I've tried to find the answer on internet, but couldn't. Can someone please explain the difference? Thank you in advance. :-)
Guest   Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:01 pm GMT
To me, "adhesive" sounds more formal/technical.
Uriel   Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:53 am GMT
Glue is usually thought of in liquid form, like white glue or crazy glue or wood glue, while adhesive has a wider range of forms (there are thick liquid adhesives, spray adhesives, solid peel-off stickiness like mounting sheets, built-in adhesives like the sticky surface on the back of tape or post-its, etc.).

I suppose cements are technically glues, but they're usually thought of as a separate category -- stuff like rubber cement or liquid nails or grout or caulk do stick things together, but aren't always glue-like.
bizi2675   Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:44 pm GMT
Thank you both your answers. I think, I see the difference now and how both terms are used in practice... :-)
I really appreciate your effort.