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gum

noun \ ˈgəm \

Definition of gum

:the tissue that surrounds the necks of teeth and covers the alveolar parts of the jaws; broadly :the alveolar portion of a jaw with its enveloping soft tissues

Origin and Etymology of gum

Middle English gome, from Old English gōma palate; akin to Old High German guomo palate, and perhaps to Greek chaos abyss


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gum

verb

Definition of gum

gummed; gumming
transitive verb
1 :to enlarge gullets of (a saw)
2 :to chew with the gums

First Known Use of gum

1777


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gum

noun

Definition of gum

1 a :any of numerous colloidal polysaccharide substances of plant origin that are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying and are salts of complex organic acids — compare mucilage 1
b :any of various plant exudates (such as an oleoresin or gum resin)
2 :a substance or deposit resembling a plant gum (as in sticky or adhesive quality)
3 a :a tree (such as a black gum) that yields gum
b Australia :eucalyptus
4 :the wood or lumber of a gum; especially :that of the sweet gum

Origin and Etymology of gum

Middle English gomme, from Middle French, from Latin cummi, gummi, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian qmyt


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gum

verb

Definition of gum

gummed; gumming
transitive verb
:to clog, impede, or damage with or as if with gum
  • gum up the works
intransitive verb
1 :to exude or form gum
2 :to become gummy

gummer

noun

First Known Use of gum

1597



GUM Defined for Kids

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gum

noun \ ˈgəm \

Definition of gum for Students

:the flesh at the roots of the teeth

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gum

noun

Definition of gum for Students

2 :a sticky substance obtained from plants that hardens on drying
3 :a substance like a plant gum (as in stickiness)

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gum

verb

Definition of gum for Students

gummed; gumming
1 :to smear, stick together, or clog with or as if with gum
2 :to cause not to work properly
  • gum up the works

Medical Dictionary

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gum

noun \ ˈgəm \

medical Definition of gum

:the tissue that surrounds the necks of teeth and covers the alveolar parts of the jaws; broadly :the alveolar portion of a jaw with its enveloping soft tissues

Illustration of gum


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gum

transitive verb

medical Definition of gum

gummed; gumming
:to chew with the gums

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gum

noun

medical Definition of gum

1 :any of numerous colloidal polysaccharide substances of plant origin that are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying and are salts of complex organic acids — compare mucilage
2 :any of various plant exudates (as a mucilage, oleoresin, or gum resin)


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