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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

You've got to eat while you dream. You've got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that.
Jack Welch

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

I never think it's right to chew gum in front of other people, but a lot of times I'll come in for a meeting chewing gum and I'll forget I'm chewing it. Then you don't want to swallow it because it stays in your system for seven years or something, so I've asked to throw it away. I've started to wonder if that's why I didn't get certain movies.
Jennifer Lawrence

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
Hank Ketcham
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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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