Definition of Gum

1. Noun. A preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing.

Exact synonyms: Chewing Gum
Generic synonyms: Confection, Sweet
Specialized synonyms: Gum Ball, Bubble Gum
Terms within: Chicle, Chicle Gum

2. Verb. Cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum. "If you gum the tape it is stronger"
Generic synonyms: Apply, Put On

3. Noun. The tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth.
Exact synonyms: Gingiva
Generic synonyms: Animal Tissue
Group relationships: Mouth, Oral Cavity, Oral Fissure, Rima Oris
Derivative terms: Gingival

4. Verb. Grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty. "The old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"
Exact synonyms: Mumble
Generic synonyms: Chew, Jaw, Manducate, Masticate
Derivative terms: Gumming, Mumbling

5. Noun. Any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying.

6. Verb. Become sticky.
Generic synonyms: Change

7. Noun. Cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive.
Exact synonyms: Glue, Mucilage
Specialized synonyms: Animal Glue, Casein Glue, Fish Glue, Marine Glue
Generic synonyms: Cement
Derivative terms: Glue, Glue, Gluey, Gummy, Mucilaginous

8. Verb. Exude or form gum. "These trees gum in the Spring"
Generic synonyms: Exudate, Exude, Ooze, Ooze Out, Transude

9. Noun. Wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum.
Exact synonyms: Gumwood
Specialized synonyms: Hazelwood, Red Gum, Satin Walnut, Sweet Gum
Substance meronyms: Gum Tree
Generic synonyms: Wood

10. Noun. Any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum.
Exact synonyms: Gum Tree
Specialized synonyms: Liquidambar, Eucalypt, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, Tupelo, Tupelo Tree
Terms within: Gumwood
Generic synonyms: Tree

Definition of Gum

1. n. The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the adjacent parts of the jaws.

2. v. t. To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw). See Gummer.

3. n. A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens when it exudes, but is soluble in water; as, gum arabic; gum tragacanth; the gum of the cherry tree. Also, with less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water; as, gum copal and gum sandarac, which are really resins.

4. v. t. To smear with gum; to close with gum; to unite or stiffen by gum or a gumlike substance; to make sticky with a gumlike substance.

5. v. i. To exude or from gum; to become gummy.

Definition of Gum

1. Initialism. genitourinary medicine ¹

2. Noun. (often in the plural) The flesh round the teeth. ¹

3. Verb. To chew, especially of a toothless person or animal. ¹

4. Noun. Any of various viscous or sticky substances that are exuded by certain plants. ¹

5. Noun. Any viscous or sticky substance resembling those that are exuded by certain plants. ¹

6. Noun. Chewing gum. ¹

7. Noun. A single piece of chewing gum. ¹

8. Verb. To apply an adhesive or gum to. ¹

9. Verb. (colloquial with (term up)) To impair the functioning of a thing or process. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gum

1. to smear, seal, or clog with gum (a sticky, viscid substance) [v GUMMED, GUMMING, GUMS]

Medical Definition of Gum

1. The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the adjacent parts of the jaws. Gum rash, strophulus in a teething child; red gum. Gum stick, a smooth hard substance for children to bite upon while teething. Origin: OE. Gome, AS. Gama palate; akin Co G. Gaumen, OHG. Goumo, guomo, Icel. Gmr, Sw. Gom; cf. Gr. To gape. 1. A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens when it exudes, but is soluble in water; as, gum arabic; gum tragacanth; the gum of the cherry tree. Also, with less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water; as, gum copal and gum sandarac, which are really resins. 2. See Gum tree, below. 3. A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive; also, a vessel or bin made of a hollow log. 4. A rubber overshoe. Black gum, Blue gum, British gum, etc. See Black, Blue, etc. Gum Acaroidea, the resinous gum of the Australian grass tree (Xanlhorrhoea). Gum animal, the galago of West Africa; so called because it feeds on gums. See Galago. Gum animi or anime. See Anime. Gum arabic, a gum yielded mostly by several species of Acacia (chiefly A. Vera and A. Arabica) growing in Africa and Southern Asia; called also gum acacia. East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of the Orange family which bears the elephant apple. Gum butea, a gum yielded by the Indian plants Butea frondosa and B. Superba, and used locally in tanning and in precipitating indigo. Gum cistus, a plant of the genus Cistus (Cistus ladaniferus), a species of rock rose. Gum dragon. See Tragacanth. Gum elastic, Elastic gum. See Caoutchouc. Gum elemi. See Elemi. Gum juniper. See Sandarac. Gum kino. See Kino. Gum lac. See Lac. Gum Ladanum, a fragrant gum yielded by several Oriental species of Cistus or rock rose. Gum passages, sap receptacles extending through the parenchyma of certain plants (Amygdalaceae, Cactaceae, etc), and affording passage for gum. Gum pot, a varnish maker's utensil for melting gum and mixing other ingredients. Gum resin, the milky juice of a plant solidified by exposure to air; one of certain inspissated saps, mixtures of, or having properties of, gum and resin; a resin containing more or less mucilaginous and gummy matter. Gum sandarac. See Sandarac. Gum Senegal, a gum similar to gum arabic, yielded by trees (Acacia Verek and A. Adansonia) growing in the Senegal country, West Africa. Gum tragacanth. See Tragacanth. Gum tree, the name given to several trees in America and Australia: The black gum (Nyssa multiflora), one of the largest trees of the Southern States, bearing a small blue fruit, the favorite food of the opossum. most of the large trees become hollow. A tree of the genus Eucalyptus. See Eucalpytus. The sweet gum tree of the United States (Liquidambar styraciflua), a large and beautiful tree with pointedly lobed leaves and woody burlike fruit. It exudes an aromatic terebinthine juice. Gum water, a solution of gum, especially. Of gum arabic, in water. Gum wood, the wood of any gum tree, esp. The wood of the Eucalyptus piperita, of new South Wales. Origin: OE. Gomme, gumme, F. Gomme, L. Gummi and commis, fr. Gr, prob. From an Egyptian form kam; cf. It. Gomma. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gum

gulpers
gulph
gulphe
gulphes
gulphs
gulpier
gulpiest
gulping
gulpingly
gulps
gulpy
guls
gulty
guly
gulyas
gum-lac
gum acacia
gum accroides
gum albanum
gum ammoniac
gum anime
gum arabic
gum ball
gum benjamin
gum benzoin
gum boot
gum butea
gum contour
gum dammar

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