Sticky meaning

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Covered with an adhesive or viscous substance.

A sticky countertop.

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Hot and humid.

A sticky climate.

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Difficult to deal with; troublesome.

A sticky problem.

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Overly sentimental; maudlin.
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An attribute of a website that keeps people on the site for a long period of time. For example, news, educational material and interesting information give people incentive to stay, allowing the site to display more ads and messages.However, stickiness is a fundamental issue in information technology. The longer people use a product or service, the greater their investment and the less likely they will switch to something else. For example, after using an email address for a long time, switching to another service means notifying people. Since there is often no email forwarding, and most people have long forgotten who has their address, users are not inclined to change providers.After years of programming for one computer environment, enterprises are not inclined to switch to another. The cost, time and problems reprogramming applications detracts from potential hardware savings.The same goes for software, whether operating systems or applications. Once people are used to a particular way of running the computer, they are loath to change. Procedures are habit forming. See sticky connection and sticky timer.
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Able or likely to stick.

Is this tape sticky enough to stay on that surface?

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Potentially difficult to escape from.

This is a sticky situation. We could be in this for weeks if we're not careful.

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(computing, informal, of a setting) Persistent.

We should make the printing direction sticky so the user doesn't have to keep setting it.

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(computing, of a window) Appearing on all virtual desktops.
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(Internet, of threads on a bulletin board) Fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
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(Internet, of a website) Compelling enough to keep visitors from leaving.

A woman has come to me with the complaint that her website is not "sticky" - 70% of the visits last 30 seconds or less.

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Of weather, hot and wind-less and with high humidity, so that people feel sticky from sweating.
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A sticky note, such as a post-it note.

Her desk is covered with yellow stickies.

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(manufacturing) A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.
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(Internet, bulletin boards) To fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
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The definition of sticky is something that doesn't move easily, clings to things that touch it, or is covered with a substance that tends to cling.

An example of sticky is cookie dough that won't come off your fingers; sticky dough.

An example of sticky is the weather when it is a 90 degree day with 90 percent humidity; sticky weather.

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Covered with an adhesive agent.
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Warm and humid; muggy.

A sticky day.

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Painful or difficult.

A sticky situation.

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Tending to remain the same despite changes in the economy. Used of prices or wages.
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Having the property of adhering or sticking to a surface; adhesive.
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Origin of sticky

  • From stick +"Ž -y.
    From Wiktionary