|1.||the plural of tooth|
|2.||the most violent part: the teeth of the gale|
|3.||the power to produce a desired effect: that law has no teeth|
|4.||by the skin of one's teeth See skin|
|5.||get one's teeth into to become engrossed in|
|6.||in the teeth of in direct opposition to; against: in the teeth of violent criticism he went ahead with his plan|
|7.||show one's teeth to threaten, esp in a defensive manner|
|8.||to the teeth to the greatest possible degree: armed to the teeth|
|—n , pl teeth|
|1.||any of various bonelike structures set in the jaws of most vertebrates and modified, according to the species, for biting, tearing, or chewingRelated: dental|
|2.||any of various similar structures in invertebrates, occurring in the mouth or alimentary canal|
|3.||anything resembling a tooth in shape, prominence, or function: the tooth of a comb|
|4.||any of the various small indentations occurring on the margin of a leaf, petal, etc|
|5.||any one of a number of uniform projections on a gear, sprocket, rack, etc, by which drive is transmitted|
|6.||taste or appetite (esp in the phrase sweet tooth)|
|7.||long in the tooth old or ageing: used originally of horses, because their gums recede with age|
|8.||tooth and nail with ferocity and force: we fought tooth and nail|
|9.||(tr) to provide with a tooth or teeth|
|10.||(intr) (of two gearwheels) to engage|
|[Old English tōth; related to Old Saxon tand, Old High German zand, Old Norse tonn, Gothic tunthus, Latin dens]|
Plural of tooth.
n. pl. teeth (tēth)
One of a set of hard, bonelike structures rooted in sockets in the jaws of vertebrates, typically composed of a core of soft pulp surrounded by a layer of hard dentin that is coated with cement or enamel at the crown and used chiefly for biting or chewing food or as a means of attack or defense.
|tooth (tth) Pronunciation Key
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Plural teeth (tēth)
A hard structure, embedded in the jaws of the mouth, that functions in chewing. The tooth consists of a crown, covered with hard white enamel; a root, which anchors the tooth to the jawbone; and a “neck” between the crown and the root, covered by the gum. Most of the tooth is made up of dentin, which is located directly below the enamel. The soft interior of the tooth, the pulp, contains nerves and blood vessels. Humans have molars for grinding food, incisors for cutting, and canines and bicuspids for tearing.
one of the particulars regarding which retaliatory punishment was to be inflicted (Ex. 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21). "Gnashing of teeth" =rage, despair (Matt. 8:12; Acts 7:54); "cleanness of teeth" =famine (Amos 4:6); "children's teeth set on edge" =children suffering for the sins of their fathers (Ezek. 18:2).
see armed to the teeth; bare one's teeth; by the skin of one's teeth; cut one's teeth on; fed to the gills (teeth); fly in the face (teeth) of; give one's eyeteeth; gnash one's teeth; grit one's teeth; in the teeth of; kick in the pants (teeth); lie through one's teeth; like pulling teeth; scarce as hen's teeth; set one's teeth on edge; sink one's teeth into; to the teeth. Also see under tooth.