What does tooth mean?

Definitions for tooth
tuθ; ˈtu θɪŋ, -ðɪŋtooth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tooth(noun)

    hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense

  2. tooth(noun)

    something resembling the tooth of an animal

  3. tooth(noun)

    toothlike structure in invertebrates found in the mouth or alimentary canal or on a shell

  4. tooth(noun)

    a means of enforcement

    "the treaty had no teeth in it"

  5. tooth(noun)

    one of a number of uniform projections on a gear


  1. tooth(Noun)

    A hard, calcareous structure present in the mouth of many vertebrate animals, generally used for eating.

  2. tooth(Noun)

    A sharp projection on the blade of a saw or similar implement.

  3. tooth(Noun)

    A projection on the edge of a gear that meshes with similar projections on adjacent gears, or on the circumference of a cog that engages with a chain.

  4. tooth(Noun)

    A pointed projection from the margin of a leaf.

  5. tooth(Verb)

    To provide or furnish with teeth.

    The twin cards toothed with glittering wire. uE00017080uE001 Wordsworth.

  6. tooth(Verb)

    To indent; to jag.

    to tooth a saw

  7. Origin: From tooth, from toþ, from tanþs, from h₃dónts. Cognate with toth, tos, Dutch tand, German Zahn, and tand, tönn, Welsh dant, Latin dens, Lithuanian dantis, Ancient Greek ὀδούς, Armenian ատամ , Persian دندان, Sanskrit . Related to tusk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tooth(noun)

    one of the hard, bony appendages which are borne on the jaws, or on other bones in the walls of the mouth or pharynx of most vertebrates, and which usually aid in the prehension and mastication of food

  2. Tooth(noun)

    fig.: Taste; palate

  3. Tooth(noun)

    any projection corresponding to the tooth of an animal, in shape, position, or office; as, the teeth, or cogs, of a cogwheel; a tooth, prong, or tine, of a fork; a tooth, or the teeth, of a rake, a saw, a file, a card

  4. Tooth(noun)

    a projecting member resembling a tenon, but fitting into a mortise that is only sunk, not pierced through

  5. Tooth(noun)

    one of several steps, or offsets, in a tusk. See Tusk

  6. Tooth(noun)

    an angular or prominence on any edge; as, a tooth on the scale of a fish, or on a leaf of a plant

  7. Tooth(noun)

    one of the appendages at the mouth of the capsule of a moss. See Peristome

  8. Tooth(noun)

    any hard calcareous or chitinous organ found in the mouth of various invertebrates and used in feeding or procuring food; as, the teeth of a mollusk or a starfish

  9. Tooth(verb)

    to furnish with teeth

  10. Tooth(verb)

    to indent; to jag; as, to tooth a saw

  11. Tooth(verb)

    to lock into each other. See Tooth, n., 4

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tooth

    tōōth, n. one of the hard bodies in the mouth, attached to the skeleton, but not forming part of it, developed from the dermis or true skin, their function primarily the mastication of the food: the taste or palate, relish: anything tooth-like: a prong: one of the projections on a saw or wheel:—pl. Teeth.—v.t. to furnish with teeth: to cut into teeth.—ns. Tooth′ache, an ache or pain in a tooth; Tooth′-brush, a brush for cleaning the teeth; Tooth′-draw′er (Shak.), one whose business is to extract teeth with instruments, a dentist; Tooth′-draw′ing, the act of extracting a tooth: the practice of extracting teeth.—adjs. Toothed, having teeth: (bot.) having tooth-like projections on the edge, as a leaf; Tooth′ful, full of teeth.—n. a small drink of spirits, &c.—adj. Tooth′less, having no teeth.—ns. Tooth′-ornament, a Romanesque and Early Pointed moulding, consisting of a square four-leaved flower pointed in the centre; Tooth′pick, an instrument for picking out anything in the teeth; Tooth′-pow′der, a powder used with a tooth-brush for cleaning the teeth.—adj. Tooth′some, pleasant to the taste.—ns. Tooth′someness; Tooth′-wash, a liquid preparation for cleansing the teeth; Tooth′wort, a name for Lathræa squamaria, one of the insectivorous plants, as well as for Dentaria bulbifera, one of the Cruciferæ, common in England, also known as 'coral-wort' and 'tooth-violet.'—adj. Tooth′y, having teeth: toothsome: biting.—Tooth and nail, with all possible vigour and fury.—A sweet tooth, a relish for sweet things; In spite of one's teeth, In the teeth of, in defiance of opposition; Show one's teeth, to threaten, to show one's anger and power to injure; Throw, Cast, in one's teeth, to fling at one, as a taunt, or in challenge; To the teeth (Shak.), in open opposition or defiance. [A.S. tóth (pl. téth, also tóthas); cog. with Goth. tunthus, L. dens, dent-is, Gr. o-dous, o-dont-os, Sans. danta.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tooth

    A number of structures in a set on the top and bottom of a jaw in the mouth of an animal, human or vertebrate that are composed of enamel and are set into the gum and connected to a root canal in the jaw.

    Our teeth are an important part of our jaw and mouth and their functions.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tooth' in Nouns Frequency: #862

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tooth in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tooth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tooth in a Sentence

  1. Severin Meiland:

    a good tooth, gets no gold


    Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child

  4. David Richerby:

    The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money.

  5. Rick Carroll:

    It's the whole tooth, with the root and everything, it really looks strange.

Images & Illustrations of tooth

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