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gum 1

 (gŭm)
n.
1.
a. Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and trees and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.
b. A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.
c. Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
2. A substance resembling the viscous substance exuded by certain plants, as in stickiness.
3.
a. Any of various trees, especially of the genera Eucalyptus and Liquidambar, that are sources of gum. Also called gum tree.
b. The wood of such a tree; gumwood.
4. Chewing gum.
v. gummed, gum·ming, gums
v.tr.
To cover, smear, seal, fill, or fix in place with gum.
v.intr.
1. To exude or form gum.
2. To become sticky or clogged.
Phrasal Verb:
gum up
To ruin or bungle: gum up the works.

[Middle English gomme, from Old French, from Late Latin gumma, variant of Latin gummi, cummi, from Greek kommi, perhaps from Egyptian ḳmj-t.]

gum 2

 (gŭm)
n.
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.
tr.v. gummed, gum·ming, gums
To chew (food) with toothless gums.

[Middle English gome, from Old English gōma, palate, jaw.]

gum up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to cover, dab, or stiffen with gum
2. informal to make a mess of; bungle (often in the phrase gum up the works)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gum up - stick together as if with gum; "the inside of the pipe has gummed up"
clog, clog up, congest, choke off, foul, back up, choke - become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"

gum up

verb
To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
Translations

w>gum up

vt sepverkleben; to gum up the works (inf)alles verkleben; (fig)die Sache vermasseln (inf); to get gummed upverkleben