Tooth meaning

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The definition of a tooth is the hard, small, white parts covered in enamel and set in the jaw or something that resembles them in structure or function.

An example of a tooth is the tool in the mouth used to bite and chew.

An example of a tooth is one of the long, fine ends of a comb.

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A small, notched projection along a margin, especially of a leaf.
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To make a jagged edge on.
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To become interlocked; mesh.
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Something resembling a tooth; toothlike part, as on a saw, fork, rake, gearwheel, etc.; tine, prong, cog, etc.
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Appetite or taste for something specified: now only in sweet tooth.
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Something that bites, pierces, or gnaws like a tooth.

The teeth of the storm.

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To mesh, or become interlocked, as gears.
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One of a set of hard, bonelike structures in the mouths of humans and other vertebrate animals, usually attached to the jaw or rooted in sockets and typically composed of a core of soft pulp surrounded by a layer of hard dentin that is coated with cementum or enamel at the crown and used for biting or chewing food.
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A similar hard projection in an invertebrate.
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Any of the hard bony structures in the mouth used to grasp and chew food and as weapons of attack and defense. In mammals and many other vertebrates, the teeth are set in sockets in the jaw. In fish and amphibians, they grow in and around the palate.
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A similar structure in certain invertebrate animals.
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A hard, calcareous structure present in the mouth of many vertebrate animals, generally used for eating.
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A sharp projection on the blade of a saw or similar implement.
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A projection on the edge of a gear that meshes with similar projections on adjacent gears, or on the circumference of a cog that engages with a chain.
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(botany) A pointed projection from the margin of a leaf.
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(animation) The rough surface of some kinds of cel or other films that allow better adhesion of artwork.
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(figuratively) Taste; palate.

I have a sweet tooth: I love sugary treats.

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(structure in the mouth): bicuspid, canine, cuspid, incisor, premolar, molar.
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See also tooth.
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To provide or furnish with teeth.
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To indent; to jag.

To tooth a saw.

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To lock into each other, like gear wheels.

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A projecting part resembling a tooth in shape or function, as on a comb, gear, or saw.
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A rough surface, as of paper or metal.
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To furnish (a tool, for example) with teeth.
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A rough surface, as on paper, metal, etc.
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A sound or effective means of enforcing something.

To put teeth into a law.

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Any small, pointed lobe, as of a leaf or of the fringe surrounding the opening of a capsule in mosses.
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To provide with teeth.
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To make jagged; indent.
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A projecting part resembling a tooth in shape or function, as on a comb, gear, or saw.
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get
  • To be actively involved in; get a firm grasp of.
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show
  • To express a readiness to fight; threaten defiantly.
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to the teeth
  • Lacking nothing; completely:.
    Armed to the teeth; dressed to the teeth.
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long in the tooth
  • Elderly; old.
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tooth and nail
  • With all one's strength or resources.
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Origin of tooth

  • Middle English from Old English tōth dent- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English tooth, from Old English tōþ (“tooth"), from Proto-Germanic *tanþs (“tooth"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃dónts (“tooth"). Cognate with Scots tuth, tuith (“tooth"), North Frisian toth, tos (“tooth"), Dutch tand (“tooth"), German Zahn (“tooth"), Danish and Swedish tand (“tooth"), Icelandic tönn (“tooth"), Welsh dant (“tooth"), Latin dÄ“ns (“tooth"), Lithuanian dantìs (“tooth"), Ancient Greek ὀδούς (odous, odṓn, “tooth"), Armenian Õ¡Õ¿Õ¡Õ´ (atam), Persian دندان (dandân), Sanskrit दत् (dát, “tooth"). Related to tusk.

    From Wiktionary