chewing gum


Definition of chewing gum

: a sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material (such as a preparation of chicle) used for chewing

Examples of chewing gum in a Sentence

a piece of chewing gum

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Those shopping bags on the floor, sent by the German artist Maria Eichhorn, are filled with empty tea boxes, plastic water bottles, and chewing gum wrappers discarded by people installing the show, a kind of behind-the-scenes gallery diary. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Swiss Institute Has a New Home Ready-Made for Art," 28 June 2018 The building, which was declared a landmark in 2012, was the headquarters of the chewing gum giant, Wrigley Company, for many years. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Chicago's landmark Wrigley building expected to sell for $255 million," 19 May 2018 Many years ago, the gum industry began offering the weight-conscious man a handy alternative to eating strawberry shortcake: chewing gum that tastes like strawberry shortcake, which is definitely just as good. Dayna Evans, GQ, "There Are Too Many Flavors and It Has Turned the Snack Industry Into a Vicious Hellscape," 22 Mar. 2018 While chewing gum will stimulate more salivary flow and help prevent tooth decay in addition to freshening you up, sometimes the situation calls for something a little more discreet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 Some pitchers, Velasquez said, find a rhythm by chewing gum or stepping off the mound or taking deep breaths. Matt Breen,, "Phillies' Vince Velasquez uses music to calm himself on the mound," 21 May 2018 Science tends to back up Suarez’s feelings about the value of chewing gum. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 There is a silver lining, though: This study only measured the effect of chewing gum before meals. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Chewing Gum Might Make You Reach for the Chips," 20 Mar. 2013 Soften your left hand, wrists like chewing gum snapping back! Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Harry Potter Doesn’t Dance. But He Sure Can Move.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of chewing gum

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chewing gum was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of chewing gum

: a type of soft candy that you chew on but do not swallow

chewing gum

chew·​ing gum | \ ˈchü-iŋ-\

Kids Definition of chewing gum

: a sweetened and flavored soft material (as of chicle) that is chewed but not swallowed

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