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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ivory, tusknoun

    a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses

  2. tuskverb

    a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog

  3. horn, tuskverb

    stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

    "the rhino horned the explorer"

  4. tusk, detuskverb

    remove the tusks of animals

    "tusk an elephant"


  1. tusknoun

    One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.

    Until the CITES sales ban, elephant tusks were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.

  2. tusknoun

    A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.

  3. tuskverb

    To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.

  4. Etymology: From tusk (also tux, tusch), from tux, tusc, from tunþskaz, extended form of tanþs, from h₃dónts. Cognate with tosk, toskur (whence the Old Norse and Icelandic Ratatoskr and Ratatoskur respectively), and. More at tooth.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tusknoun

    The long teeth of a pugnacious animal; the fang; the holding tooth.

    Etymology: tyxaf , Saxon; tosken, old Frisick.

    Some creatures have over-long, or out-growing teeth, called fangs, or tusks; as boars and pikes. Francis Bacon.

    The boar depended upon his tusks. Roger L'Estrange.

    As two boars,
    With rising bristles, and with frothy jaws,
    Their adverse breasts with tusks oblique they wound. Dryd.

    A monstrous boar
    Whetting his tusks, and churning hideous foam. Smith.


  1. tusk

    The M1 Abrams () is a third-generation American main battle tank designed by Chrysler Defense (now General Dynamics Land Systems) and named for General Creighton Abrams. Conceived for modern armored ground warfare and now one of the heaviest tanks in service at nearly 68 short tons (62 metric tons), it introduced several modern technologies to US armored forces, including a multifuel turbine engine, sophisticated Chobham composite armor, a computer fire control system, separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment, and NBC protection for crew safety. Initial models of the M1 were armed with a licensed-produced 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7 gun, while later variants feature a licensed Rheinmetall 120 mm L/44. The M1 Abrams was developed from the failure of the MBT-70 project to replace the obsolescent M60 tank. There are three main operational Abrams versions, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, with each new iteration seeing improvements in armament, protection, and electronics. Extensive improvements have been implemented to the latest formerly designated M1A2 System Enhancement Package version 3 or SEPv3 and M1A2 SEPv4, respectively versions such as improved composite armor, better optics, digital systems and ammunition.The Abrams was to be replaced in U.S. Army service by the XM1202 Mounted Combat System, but since that project was cancelled, the Army has opted to continue maintaining and operating the M1 series for the foreseeable future by upgrading with improved optics, armor, and firepower. The M1 Abrams entered service in 1980 and serves as the main battle tank of the United States Army and formerly of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The export version is used by the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Poland and Iraq. The Abrams was first used in combat in the Persian Gulf War and has seen combat in both the War in Afghanistan and Iraq War under U.S. service, while Iraqi Abrams tanks have seen action in the war against Islamic State and have seen use by Saudi Arabia during the Yemeni Civil War.


  1. tusk

    A tusk is a long, large, pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, that extends outside the mouth of certain animals such as elephants, walruses, or boars. It is typically used for fighting, digging or to give visual signals. The tusk is often made of ivory, a hard, white material that is a modified form of dentine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tusknoun

    same as Torsk

  2. Tusknoun

    one of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth

  3. Tusknoun

    a toothshell, or Dentalium; -- called also tusk-shell

  4. Tusknoun

    a projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets. Thus, in the illustration, a is the tusk, and each of the several parts, or offsets, is called a tooth

  5. Tuskverb

    to bare or gnash the teeth


  1. Tusk

    Tusks are elongated, continuously growing front teeth, usually but not always in pairs, that protrude well beyond the mouth of certain mammal species. They are most commonly canines, as with warthogs, pig, and walruses, or, in the case of elephants, elongated incisors. In most tusked species both the males and the females have tusks although the males' are larger. Tusks are generally curved, though the narwhal's sole tusk is straight and has a helical structure. In the elephant, the tusks were originally second incisors. Continuous growth is enabled by formative tissues in the apical openings of the roots of the teeth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tusk

    tusk, n. a long, protruding tooth on either side of the mouth of certain animals: a sharp point: the share of a plough.—v.t. to gore with the tusks.—adjs. Tusked, Tusk′y.—n. Tusk′er, an elephant whose tusks are grown. [A.S. tusc, tux; Ice. toskr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tusk

    The Brosmius vulgaris, a savoury fish taken in the northern seas, about the size of the ling, but with a broader tail. 'TWEEN OR 'TWIXT DECKS. The one under the gun deck, where sailors usually mess.

Editors Contribution

  1. tusk

    A type of dentine.

    Various animals have tusks including the walrus and elephants

    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tusk in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tusk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tusk in a Sentence

  1. Steve Smith:

    Mr. Zarauskas is a sporadically employed New Jersey construction worker who likes to go to flea markets, he was never present when a tusk crossed the border, and we think any suggestion that he knew the tusks were illegal is shaky.

  2. Samuel Wasser:

    If you're trying to match one tusk to its pair, you have a low chance of a match. But identifying close relatives is going to be a much more common event, and can link more ivory seizures to the same smuggling networks.

  3. Peter Houde:

    That one lacks the jaw and it appears the ends of both tusks were broken off, ours includes the jaw but is missing one tusk so far - we may find it yet.

  4. Lisa Niziolek:

    Lisa Niziolek explained. In addition to ceramics, the ship was also carrying elephant tusks, possibly for use in medicine or art. Sweet-smelling resin, which could have been used for incense or for caulking ships, was also found. Previous carbon dating of the tusks and resin had dated the wreck to between 700 and 750 years ago. However, improved carbon dating techniques tell a different story. PIRATE MYSTERY : DOES THIS 300-YEAR-OLD BONE BELONG TO' BLACK SAM' BELLAMY ? When we got the results back and learned that the resin and tusk samples were older than previously thought, we were excited, we had suspected that based on inscriptions on the ceramics and conversations with colleagues in China and Japan, and it was great to have all these different types of data coming together to support it.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    If Donald Tusk doesn't want to go down as Mr No Deal then I hope that point will be borne in mind by him, too.

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    A transparent
    B aligned
    C alternate
    D dangerous

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