Definition of tooth in English:
noun (plural teethtiːθ)
- The pain is aggravated by eating, gum chewing, teeth clenching, or yawning.
- Dental caries occur when bacteria destroy the enamel surface of the tooth and cause decay.
- Some malocclusions cannot be treated successfully without removing permanent teeth, though tooth removal is contraindicated in other situations.
- This is not like treaty claims, because the Maori Land Court will have teeth and power in a way that the Waitangi Tribunal does not.
- And the regulatory body that existed before he came to power, has no teeth and can't stop him.
- It goes a little way to doing that, by giving the regulators some power and some teeth.
- Desargues proposed cycloidal teeth for gear wheels in the 1630's.
- A toothed rack rail is laid in the middle of the track on the slopes and the pinions attached to the engine engage with the teeth of the rack bars and enable the engine to pull itself and its load up.
- There are close-ups of leaf teeth and scales, for examples, and composite photos of Quercus and Carya fruits.
- Or a garden that had plants with teeth, rather than pretty petals.
- The fleshy stems are angled with soft teeth, and no leaves.
An Old English word from an ancient root shared by Latin dens, the source of dental (late 16th century), dentist (mid 18th century), trident (late 16th century) ‘three teeth’, and indent. To fight tooth and nail was in the 16th century to fight with tooth and nail. Although in a real fight this would mean ‘by biting and scratching’, the phrase is almost always used of non-physical struggles. To set someone's teeth on edge is to cause them intense irritation. The expression comes from the Bible, and expresses the unpleasant sensation felt when you have bitten into something that is bitter or sour: ‘Every man that hath eaten the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge’ (Jeremiah). See also hen
fight tooth and nail
get (or sink) one's teeth into
- Work energetically and productively on (a task): the course gives students something to get their teeth intoMore example sentences
- With over 30 clubs and societies to choose from, there is plenty on offer in Sligo IT for students to get their teeth into.
- And literary fiction has to have something that the present or prospective PhD students can get their teeth into.
- It's meaty material and I think any actor loves to do stuff you can sink your teeth into.
in the teeth of
- Directly against (the wind): in the teeth of the gale we set off for the farmMore example sentences
- It's cold outside, and I won't be climbing those valleys today, in the teeth of that wind which always seems to be funnelling down from the colder heights.
- Yesterday was a very long day in the teeth of a cold wind and the occasional shower.
- Some loon, an observer would say, mumbling to himself, clothing torn, hair matted with blood, the cut over his right eye probably still bleeding, staggering towards another impossible hill in the teeth of an impossible wind.
- 3.1In spite of (opposition or difficulty): the firm has expanded its building contracting division in the teeth of recessionMore example sentences
- Over 300,000 miners went out on strike to defend their living standards in the teeth of opposition from their union leaders.
- Bradford Council awarded Brighton-based UZ a three-year contract to run the annual festival in the teeth of opposition from local organisers who founded the event and ran it on a not-for-profit basis for many years.
- Those who marched, therefore, did so out of a profound sense of conviction that this was an unjust war and a crime against humanity and in the teeth of almost universal opposition from the political establishment.
set someone's teeth on edge
- see edge.
- Example sentences
- It's a documentary type thing speculating how ancient man coped with - and generally killed off - whopping great spiky toothed animals back in the dawn of time.
- They are an aromatic, light yellow-green, with serrated, toothed edges.
- The leaves are oval with pointed tips, toothed at the edges and rough on the upper surface.
- Example sentences
- Four miles to the north-east is the island of Boreray and its atmospheric outliers: the whitewashed tooth-like 564 ft Stac Lee and its more northern neighbour, Stac an Armin.
- Ordovician strata are characterized by numerous and diverse trilobites and conodonts (phosphatic fossils with a tooth-like appearance) found in sequences of shale, limestone, dolostone, and sandstone.
- Classical embryology long ago demonstrated that grafting dental epithelium onto non-dental mesenchyme could produce tooth-like structures if the experiment were performed early enough in development.
Words that rhyme with toothbuck tooth, couth, Duluth, forsooth, Maynooth, ruth, sleuth, sooth, strewth, truth, youth
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