More definitions of GUMDefinition of GUM in:
- The British & World English dictionary
- 1A viscous secretion of some trees and shrubs that hardens on drying but is soluble in water, and from which adhesives and other products are made. Compare with resin.More example sentences
- The raw silk fiber actually consists of two filaments called fibroin bound by a soluble silk gum called sericin.
- Indian or Chinese ink is essentially lampblack (carbon ink) which is mixed with gum and resin and hardened by baking.
- I learn that one ice cream ingredient, locust bean gum, was used in ancient Egypt to seal the wrappings on mummies.
- 1.1Glue that is used for sticking paper or other light materials together.More example sentences
- There are over five hundred million balloons in Europe which have been tied together with string and gum to form Europe City, the capital of Europe.
- He also has a piece of adhesive gum with drawing pins sunk in it which, when combined with a thick rubber band, makes a horrifying catapult.
- 1.2 short for chewing gum or bubblegum.More example sentences
- Behind her sat Stacey, one of the most popular cheerleaders of the high school, and she was loudly popping her cotton candy scented gum.
- Lynda walked in, blowing a pink bubble with her gum.
- A bored looking Sales attendant glanced up from her magazine while absentmindedly blowing a bubble with her gum, and gestured around herself.
- 1.3A gum tree, especially a eucalyptus. See also sweet gum.More example sentences
- Here, unusual and ancient giant ferns are frequent, as are scribbly gums and eucalypts, while in places kauri and satinay pines reach high for the sky.
- The Australian ‘Nilagiris’ owe their name to a vaporous blue haze exuded by the eucalyptus gum.
- Thomas established a piece of paradise by planting many native rimu, gums and pines, which now shelter an extraordinary collection of some of the world's rarest and most unusual plants.
verb (gums, gumming, gummed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Cover with gum or glue: (as adjective gummed) gummed paperMore example sentences
- Drawing and painting materials - as well as crayons and felt-tip pens, try colouring pencils, poster paints, coloured paper, sparkly card, glitter glue, gummed shapes, pom-poms and sequins.
- If you use an electric sander, keep the tool moving on the surface to prevent friction from melting the finish and gumming up the paper.
- Keep the sander moving constantly to prevent heat caused by friction from softening the paint and gumming up the paper.
- 1.1Fasten with gum or glue: I was gumming small green leaves to a paper treeMore example sentences
- Stamps are slammed on the title page, label pockets gummed to the rear pastedown, dust wrappers discarded, covers vulcanised in plastic - or, in those days, a toffee-brown buckram tough enough to withstand acid.
- To start I went for an enormous rack of ribs, which would easily have made a main course in its own right, slow-cooked so the fat had rendered down to produce that lovely stickiness which gums your teeth together.
- 1.2 (gum something up) Clog up a mechanism and prevent it from working properly: open and close the valves to make sure they don’t get gummed up • figurative there was no winner and they debated the factors that could have gummed up the worksMore example sentences
clog (up), choke (up), stop up, plug; obstruct• informal bung up, gunge up• technical occlude
- All the work's possible dreams are gummed up to create a world that is glacial, hyperrealistic, and devoid of poetry.
- What if more accountability actually slowed it down, gummed it up.
- The impact would be nearly imperceptible at first, but it'd be there, and significant enough to gum things up.
Middle English: from Old French gomme, based on Latin gummi, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian kemai.
- The firm area of flesh around the roots of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw: a tooth broken off just above the gum [as modifier]: gum diseaseMore example sentences
- Oral cancer encompasses cancers of the mouth, throat, cheek, gums, lips and tongue.
- One of the largest-ever studies following the teeth and gums of healthy adults has just been reported from Brisbane.
- Go to the dentist before you get pregnant to be sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
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- Chew with toothless gums: some grandmother gumming a mealMore example sentences
- They made the leathery meal soft enough to swallow by alternately sucking on and gumming it.
- My 10-month-old son is still more interested in gumming the keyboard than in exploring educational possibilities on the Web, but I look forward to the day when I can help him connect with his world by connecting to the Internet.
- And I could only stare, my mouth hung open dumbly like a cow gumming its cud.
Old English gōma 'inside of the mouth or throat', of Germanic origin; related to German Gaumen 'roof of the mouth'.
noun(in phrase by gum!)
- An exclamation used for emphasis.More example sentences
- But by gum, he was going to shout at them a lot and ladle on the tough love to get them there.
- Apparently the fame went right to this fella's noggin, by gum, as his hollerin' and harp-playin' have now become a permanent fixture at Barfly's bluegrass nights as well.
- Cutting back on emissions (by agreeing to the Kyoto Protocols), the report contended, would put a damper on the economic wealth that will save us from hurricanes that might take lots of lives in poorer countries but not here, by gum.
early 19th century: euphemistic alteration of God.