tooth


tooth
noun (plural teeth) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tōth; akin to Old High German zand tooth, Latin dent-, dens, Greek odont-, odous Date: before 12th century 1. a. one of the hard bony appendages that are borne on the jaws or in many of the lower vertebrates on other bones in the walls of the mouth or pharynx and serve especially for the prehension and mastication of food and as weapons of offense and defense b. any of various usually hard and sharp processes especially about the mouth of an invertebrate 2. taste, liking 3. a projection resembling or suggesting the tooth of an animal in shape, arrangement, or action <
a saw tooth
>
: as a. any of the regular projections on the circumference or sometimes the face of a wheel that engage with corresponding projections on another wheel especially to transmit force ; cog b. a small sharp-pointed marginal lobe or process on a plant 4. a. something that injures, tortures, devours, or destroys <
jealousy with rankling tooth — Thomas Gray
>
b. plural effective means of enforcement <
drug laws with teeth
>
5. a roughness of surface produced by mechanical or artificial means • toothlike adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Tooth — (t[=oo]th), n.; pl. {Teeth} (t[=e]th). [OE. toth,tooth, AS. t[=o][eth]; akin to OFries. t[=o]th, OS. & D. tand, OHG. zang, zan, G. zahn, Icel. t[ o]nn, Sw. & Dan. tand, Goth. tumpus, Lith. dantis, W. dant, L. dens, dentis, Gr. odoy s, odo ntos,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tooth — tooth; tooth·er; tooth·ful; tooth·i·ly; tooth·ing; tooth·less; tooth·let; tooth·pick·er; tooth·some; tooth·some·ly; tooth·some·ness; un·tooth; tooth·less·ly; tooth·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • tooth — W2S2 [tu:θ] n plural teeth [ti:θ] ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in mouth)¦ 2¦(on a tool etc)¦ 3¦(power)¦ 4 fight tooth and nail 5 get your teeth into something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tooth — [to͞oth; ] for v., also [ to͞oth] n. pl. teeth [tēth] [ME < OE toth (< * tanth), akin to Ger zahn < IE * edont (< base * ed , to eat) > L dens (gen. dentis), Gr odous (gen. odontos)] 1. a) any of a set of hard, bonelike structures… …   English World dictionary

  • tooth — [ tuθ ] (plural teeth [ tiθ ] ) noun count *** 1. ) any of the hard white objects inside your mouth that you use for biting and for CHEWING food: front/back teeth a loose/missing/broken tooth brush/clean your teeth: It s important to brush your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tooth — Tooth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toothed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toothing}.] 1. To furnish with teeth. [1913 Webster] The twin cards toothed with glittering wire. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To indent; to jag; as, to tooth a saw. [1913 Webster] 3. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tooth´i|ly — tooth|y «TOO thee», adjective, tooth|i|er, tooth|i|est. 1. showing many teeth prominently: »a toothy smile. 2. having teeth. –tooth´i|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • tooth|y — «TOO thee», adjective, tooth|i|er, tooth|i|est. 1. showing many teeth prominently: »a toothy smile. 2. having teeth. –tooth´i|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • tooth — (n.) O.E. toð (plural teð), from P.Gmc. *tanth, *tunth (Cf. O.S., Dan., Swed., Du. tand, O.N. tönn, O.Fris. toth, O.H.G. zand, Ger. Zahn, Goth. tunþus), from PIE *dont /*dent tooth (Cf. Skt. danta, Gk. odontos …   Etymology dictionary

  • tooth — ► NOUN (pl. teeth) 1) each of a set of hard, bony enamel coated structures in the jaws, used for biting and chewing. 2) a projecting part, especially a cog on a gearwheel or a point on a saw or comb. 3) (teeth) genuine force or effectiveness. ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tooth — Tooth. См. Зубец. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов