|1.||any of various sticky substances that exude from certain plants, hardening on exposure to air and dissolving or forming viscous masses in water|
|2.||any of various products, such as adhesives, that are made from such exudates|
|3.||any sticky substance used as an adhesive; mucilage; glue|
|4.||(NZ) short for kauri gum|
|5.||chewing gum bubble gum See gumtree|
|6.||chiefly (Brit) a gumdrop|
|—vb , gums, gumming, gummed|
|7.||to cover or become covered, clogged, or stiffened with or as if with gum|
|8.||(tr) to stick together or in place with gum|
|9.||(intr) to emit or form gum|
|[C14: from Old French gomme, from Latin gummi, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian kemai]|
gum 1 (gŭm)
Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and trees and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.
A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.
Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
The firm connective tissue covered by mucous membrane that envelops the alveolar arches of the jaw and surrounds the bases of the teeth. Also called gingiva. v. gummed, gum·ming, gums
To chew food with toothless gums.
|gum 1 (gŭm) Pronunciation Key
Any of various sticky substances that are produced by certain plants and trees and dry into brittle solids soluble in water. Gums typically are colloidal mixtures of polysaccharides and mineral salts.