Gum definition

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To chew (food) with toothless gums.
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Gum is defined as to stick together with an adhesive, to become sticky, or to chew without teeth.

An example of gum is to put a stamp on an envelope; to gum the stamp.

An example of gum is for a branch to get sticky from residue that flows out of a wound or slit in the tree; to gum up.

An example of gum is for a baby to chew up soft baby food; to gum their food.

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Chewing gum.
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Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and trees and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.
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A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.
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Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
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Any of various trees, especially of the genera Eucalyptus and Liquidambar, that are sources of gum.
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The wood of such a tree; gumwood.
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To become sticky or clogged.
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The firm connective tissue covered by mucous membrane that envelops the alveolar arches of the jaw and surrounds the bases of the teeth.
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A sticky, colloidal carbohydrate found in certain trees and plants, which dries into an uncrystallized, brittle mass that dissolves or swells in water.
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Any similar plant secretion, as resin.
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Any plant gum processed for use in industry, art, etc.
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(dial.) A hollowed gum log used as a trough, etc.
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An adhesive, as on the back of a postage stamp.
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Any of various sticky or viscous substances or deposits.
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The wood of a gum tree.
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Pure rubber.
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Rubber overshoes.
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To secrete or form gum.
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To become sticky or clogged.
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The firm flesh covering the jaws on the inside of the mouth and surrounding the base of the teeth.
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To bite or chew with toothless gums.
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A substance resembling the viscous substance exuded by certain plants, as in stickiness.
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Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.
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A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.
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Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
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The firm connective tissue covered by mucous membrane that envelops the alveolar arches of the jaw and surrounds the bases of the teeth.
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To chew food with toothless gums.
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Any of various sticky substances that are produced by certain plants and trees and dry into brittle solids soluble in water. Gums typically are colloidal mixtures of polysaccharides and mineral salts.
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(often in the plural) The flesh round the teeth.
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To chew, especially of a toothless person or animal.
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To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw), as with a gummer.
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(uncountable) Any of various viscous or sticky substances that are exuded by certain plants.
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(uncountable) Any viscous or sticky substance resembling those that are exuded by certain plants.
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(uncountable) Chewing gum.
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(countable) A single piece of chewing gum.

Do you have a gum to spare?

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(US, dialect, Southern US) A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive.
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(US, dialect, Southern US) A vessel or bin made from a hollow log.
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(US, dialect) A rubber overshoe.
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To apply an adhesive or gum to; to stiffen with gum.
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(colloquial, with up) To impair the functioning of a thing or process.

That cheap oil will gum up the engine valves.

The new editor can gum up your article with too many commas.

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The definition of gum is a sticky plant secretion, or something sticky, or the flesh at the base of the teeth.

An example of gum is a sticky ooze from a tree.

An example of gum is Trident.

An example of the gum is the area of the mouth that becomes sore if you have to have a tooth pulled.

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A substance resembling the viscous substance exuded by certain plants, as in stickiness.
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To cover, smear, seal, fill, or fix in place with gum.
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To coat, unite, or stiffen with gum.
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To exude or form gum.
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by gum!
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gum up
  • to put out of working order; cause to go awry
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beat one's gums
  • to talk much and idly
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gum
Plural:
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

beat one's gums

Origin of gum

  • Middle English gomme from Old French from Late Latin gumma variant of Latin gummi, cummi from Greek kommi perhaps from Egyptian ḳmj-t

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English gome from Old English gōma palate, jaw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gome, from Old English gōma (“palate”), from Proto-Germanic *gōmô, *gaumô (“palate”) (compare German Gaumen, Old Norse gómr whence Icelandic gómur), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₂u-mo- (compare Tocharian A ko, Tocharian B koyṃ (“mouth”), Lithuanian gomurỹs (“palate”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeh₂w- (“to gape, yawn”). More at yawn.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English gomme, gumme, from Anglo-Norman gome, from Late Latin gumma, from Latin cummi, gummi, from Ancient Greek κόμμι (kómmi), from Egyptian ḳmj-t (qemỵt, qemài) 'acanthus resin'.

    From Wiktionary