The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adhere \Ad*here"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Adhered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Adhering.] [L. adhaerere, adhaesum; ad + haerere to
stick: cf. F. adh['e]rer. See Aghast.]
1. To stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does; to
become joined or united; as, wax to the finger; the lungs
sometimes adhere to the pleura.
2. To hold, be attached, or devoted; to remain fixed, either
by personal union or conformity of faith, principle, or
opinion; as, men adhere to a party, a cause, a leader, a
3. To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to
agree. "Nor time nor place did then adhere." "Every thing
adheres together." --Shak.
Syn: To attach; stick; cleave; cling; hold
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ADHERING. Cleaving to, or joining; as, adhering to the enemies of the United
2. The constitution of the United States, art. 3, s 3, defines treason
against the United States, to consist only in levying war against them or in
adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
3. The fact that a citizen is cruising in an enemy's ship, with a
design to capture or destroy American ships, would be an adhering to the
enemies of the United States. 4 State Tr. 328 ; Salk. 634; 2 Gilb. Ev. by
4. If war be actually levied, that is, a body of men be actually
assembled for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable enterprise,
all those who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from the
scene of action, and who are leagued in the general conspiracy are to be
considered as traitors. 4 Cranch. 126.