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sticky

1. (of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
2. (of prices) tending not to fall in deflationary conditions

sticky

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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It is argued that the increase in crime when unemployment increases is larger than the fall when unemployment decreases--crime responds relatively stickily to falls as compared to rises in unemployment.
All the while, the endless humidity sneaks stickily around inside our clothes.
Each step, as she pulled it up stickily, was laborious.
Let us sum up by counting the ways: the narrative eye is subjective-objective; the world that it sees is real-but-unreal; every moment is both now and then, and place is always here-over-there; the object is stickily present-but-absent, me-not-me, being-nothing; interpretive options are optionless options that suspend us between incommensurate explanations; the content of the book is a mode that ruins the visual access to content itself; and derangement--lastly--is everywhere-nowhere, a generalization of disturbed particularity that's indistinguishable from a narrative vision which at least pretends to objective apprehension.
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Trainer Victor Dartnall had him out just five days later with a confidence-boosting clear round being the first objective and, having jumped a bit stickily in rear early, Admiral's Secret really warmed to the task and had latched on to the leading few turning for home before not being given a hard time in the straight by Nick Scholfield.
Before we finish for the day, I use a highpressure hose to clean out one of the washbacks, stickily check the specific gravity of the mixture in another, and empty the mash tun so it's ready for the next day.
As auctioneer Paul Fosh withdrew the plot at pounds 2,500 he confessed to the 200 buyers packed stickily into the auction at The Park Inn Hotel in Cardiff: "Perhaps that's understandable given that the next lot is an entire house for just pounds 1,000 more.
Put these twigs of parsnip into a roasting tin, pour over the oil, smoosh them about and then dribble the maple syrup over them and roast under tender and stickily brown.