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Definition of Gum


  1. The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the adjacent parts of the jaws.
  2. To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw). See Gummer.
  3. 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. See Gum tree, below.
  5. 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.
  6. A rubber overshoe.
  7. 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.
  8. To exude or from gum; to become gummy.
  9. Alt. of copal

Gum Quotations

I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality.
Mitch Hedberg

This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
Elbert Hubbard

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
Frank Lloyd Wright

I go from stool to stool in singles bars hoping to get lucky, but there's never any gum under any of them.
Emo Philips

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
Frank Lloyd Wright
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Gum Translations

gum in Dutch is tandvlees
gum in French is gomme, gencive
gum in German is Gummi
gum in Portuguese is gengiva
gum in Swedish is gummi, gummera

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