tooth [to͞oth; ] for v., also [ to͞oth]
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)]
a) any of a set of hard, bonelike structures set in the jaws of most vertebrates and used for biting, tearing, and chewing: a tooth consists typically of a sensitive, vascular pulp surrounded by dentin and coated on the crown with enamel and on the root with cementum: normally 32 are in the permanent set and 20 in the deciduous set of a human
b) any of various analogous processes in invertebrates
c) [pl.] DENTURE (sense 2)
2. something resembling a tooth; toothlike part, as on a saw, fork, rake, gearwheel, etc.; tine, prong, cog, etc.
3. appetite or taste for something specified: now only in SWEET TOOTH
4. something that bites, pierces, or gnaws like a tooth [the teeth of the storm]
5. a rough surface, as on paper, metal, etc.
6. [pl.] a sound or effective means of enforcing something [to put teeth into a law]
7. Bot. any small, pointed lobe, as of a leaf or of the fringe surrounding the opening of a capsule in mosses
1. to provide with teeth
2. to make jagged; indent
to mesh, or become interlocked, as gears: For phrases using teeth, see TEETH
long in the tooth
elderly; old
tooth and nail
with all one's strength or resources
SYN.- TOOTH is the general, inclusive word (see the definition above); TUSK refers to a long, pointed, enlarged tooth projecting outside the mouth in certain animals, as the elephant, wild boar, and walrus, and used for digging or as a weapon; FANG refers either to one of the long, sharp teeth with which meat-eating animals tear their prey or to the long, hollow tooth through which poisonous snakes inject their venom

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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 — [ 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

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