stickiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stickiness the property of sticking to a surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Andy Warhol created the Rolling Stone's emblem depicting the big tongue. It first appeared on the cover of the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
    • n Stickiness The quality of being sticky; as, the stickiness of glue or paste.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
    • n stickiness The property of being sticky, adhesive, or tenacious; viscousness; glutinousness.
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Idioms

Sticky end - (UK) If someone comes to a sticky end, they die in an unpleasant way. ('Meet a sticky end' is also used.)
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Sticky fingers - The tendency to keep (or steal) an object you touch. Also, to steal something quickly without anyone noticing. (ex: 'You stole that guy's wallet? You have some sticky fingers, my friend.')
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Sticky wicket - (UK) If you are on a sticky wicket, you are in a difficult situation.
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Usage

In literature:

It is, moreover, large and sticky, and he can throw it out and back like lightning.
"Wilderness Ways" by William J Long
They are still sticky, but of a brown, mahogany colour.
"The Food of the Gods" by Brandon Head
As I withdrew my hand, I felt that my fingers were moist and sticky.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Then all the people shouted for joy and the Queen took the Princess Truella home to change her clothes, for they were very sticky.
"The Surprising Adventures of the Magical Monarch of Mo and His People" by L. Frank Baum
Helwyse's beard was wet and his hands sticky with the salt mist.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
He perceived now for the first time that his hands were sticky.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
They were like the stretchers in some cases, and always sticky to the touch.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
Maybe you reach your objective, your clothes sodden with sticky, clammy mud and possibly the red of your own blood showing through.
"Over the Top With the Third Australian Division" by G. P. Cuttriss
The dough is thick and sticky and the gas bubbles expand it into a spongy mass.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
It lay in sticky pools, which even the rain could not wash out.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
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In poetry:

And it was for you hunks of meat
I wrote my rhymes!
My love was sticky self-deceit
And dirty games!
"My Little Lovelies" by Arthur Rimbaud
The Dove walks with sticky feet
Upon the green crowns of the almond tree,
Its feathers smeared over with warmth
Like honey
That dips lazily down into the shadow…
"Pastoral" by Kenneth Patchen
Come up out of Erebus into the day,
There's plenty of room overhead;
No boring or blasting of rocks in the way,
No stratum of sticky, impervious clay--
All vacuous vapor instead.
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
Dear Father, your trousers are torn at the back
You’ve been down in the mud and you’re sticky
We know Baby Austins have no seat behind
But you can’t run about with no dicky.
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett
Brown girls move along on slithery dry feet, Selling sticky sweets;
And brown men squat asleep in the hot street—
In all the hot streets—
With their shins in their hands and chins on their knees.
Whistle a breeze!
"Pernambuco in May" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
And there are corpses,
feet made of cold and sticky clay,
death is inside the bones,
like a barking where there are no dogs,
coming out from bells somewhere, from graves somewhere,
growing in the damp air like tears of rain.
"Nothing But Death" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

At Thanksgiving, Households Argue Over Sticky Spread.
An 18-wheeler wreck caused quite a sticky situation during rush hour in Sugar Land.
They're sweet, they're sticky, and they're straight from nature.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 11 — Older people are sticky.
Off the wall and into a sticky situation.
Do-it-yourself sticky traps can help control crickets in unwanted indoor areas.
Mike Sorrentino has gotten himself into a sticky Situation.
Eepybird mad scientists Fritz Grobe & Stephen Voltz who brought you Diet Coke & Mentos geysers have a new sticky trick with Post-it s.
And, perhaps, a little sticky (ew, sorry — seized that pun without thinking).
Our hands get sticky, just like the little ones'.
86 years ago today, a very sweet and sticky day for generations of young readers.
San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and his team were found not to have gained a competitive advantage by their use of a sticky towel against the Denver Broncos.
Sticky, stringy and stinky to some.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released a list of its top 10 vegan BLT sandwiches in the country, and D.C.'s own Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats makes the cut.
These Pumpking Spice Sticky Buns are not to be missed.
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In science:

The finite displacement assumption is consistent with the presence of moderately sticky particles.
Mathematics of random growing interfaces
The completion of this gives a handle-structure, with the sticky-part being the points added to complete the space.
On the Andrews-Curtis conjecture and algorithms from topology
Further, if M is the total space and S the sticky end, then π1 (M /S ) = G.
On the Andrews-Curtis conjecture and algorithms from topology
If each component of the resulting manifold is S 2 × [0, 1], with one of its boundary components being the sticky part, then answer ‘Yes’ and terminate. 3.
On the Andrews-Curtis conjecture and algorithms from topology
Note that the new total space and the new sticky part are obtained from the old ones by taking a ∂ -connected sum.
On the Andrews-Curtis conjecture and algorithms from topology
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