Webster 1913 Edition
Adhesive or sticky, and having a ropy or glutinous consistency; viscid; glutinous; clammy; tenacious;–
☞ There is no well-defined distinction in meaning between viscous and viscid.
Webster 1828 Edition
Glutinous; clammy; sticky; adhesive; tenacious; as a viscous juice.
viscous (comparative more viscous, superlative most viscous)
- Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid
- 2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season [print version: Under the hemiparasite, International New York Times, 24–25 December 2014, p. 7]”, in The New York Times:
- […] The flesh [of the mistletoe berry] is sticky, and forms strings and ribbons between my thumb and forefinger. For the mistletoe, this viscous goop – and by the way, viscous comes to English from viscum – is crucial. The stickiness means that, after eating the berries, birds often regurgitate the seeds and then wipe their bills on twigs – leading to the seeds' getting glued to the tree, where they can germinate and begin the cycle anew.
- (physics) Of or pertaining to viscosity
- (having a thick consistency): syrupy, viscid, viscose, thickflowing
- (physics): inviscid
having a thick, sticky consistency