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Plural of tooth.
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1. (Dentistry) 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 skin14
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.
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n., pl. teeth, (ˈtu θɪŋ, -ðɪŋ) n.
1. (in most vertebrates) one of the hard bodies or processes usu. attached in a row to each jaw, serving for the prehension and mastication of food, as weapons of attack or defense, etc., and in mammals typically composed chiefly of dentin surrounding a sensitive pulp and covered on the crown with enamel.
2. (in invertebrates) any of various similar or analogous processes occurring in the mouth or alimentary canal, or on a shell.
3. any projection resembling a tooth.
4. one of the projections of a comb, rake, saw, etc.
a. any of the uniform projections on a gear or rack by which it drives or is driven by a gear, rack, or worm.
b. any of the uniform projections on a sprocket by which it drives or is driven by a chain.
6. Bot. any small, toothlike marginal lobe.
7. a sharp, distressing, or destructive attribute or agency.
8. taste, relish, or liking.
9. teeth, effective power, esp. to enforce or accomplish something: to put teeth into a law.
10. a roughened surface, as on a sharpening stone, grinding wheel, or drawing paper.v.t.
11. to furnish with teeth.v.i.
12. to interlock, as cogwheels.Idioms:
1. in the teeth of, straight into, against, or in defiance of.
2. long in the tooth, noticeably old; elderly.
3. set one's teeth, to become resolute; prepare for difficulty.
4. show one's teeth, to become menacing; reveal one's hostility.
5. to the teeth, to the fullest extent; fully; entirely: armed to the teeth.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English tōth, c. Old Frisian tōth, Old Saxon tand, Old High German zan(t), Old Norse tǫnn; akin to Gothic tunthus, Latin dēns, Greek odoús, Skt dánta]
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the condition of having teeth without roots attached to the alveolar ridge of the jaws, as in certain animals. — acrodont, adj.
the habit of purposelessly grinding one’s teeth, especially during sleep. Also called bruxomania.
the condition of being decayed or carious, especially with regard to teeth.
the shedding of teeth.
the production or cutting of teeth; teething. Also called odontogeny.
the branch of dentistry concerned with diseases of the dental pulp and removal of the dental pulp, the nerve and other tissue of the pulp cavity; root canal therapy. Also endodontology. — endodontist, n.
the branch of dentistry concerned with the extraction of teeth. — exodontist, n.
a condition of the teeth in which they become loose, especially the molars.
dentition. — odontogenic, adj.
a treatise describing or giving the history of teeth. — odontographic, adj.
1. the science that studies teeth and their surrounding tissues, especially the prevention and cure of their diseases.
2. dentistry. Also called dentology. — odontologist, n. — odontological, adj.
2. dentistry. Also called dentology. — odontologist, n. — odontological, adj.
an abnormal fear of teeth, especially of animal teeth.
the branch of dentistry that studies the prevention and correction of irregular teeth. — orthodontist, n. — orthodontic, adj.
the branch of dentistry that studies and treats disease of the bone, connecting tissue, and gum surrounding a tooth. — periodontist, n. — periodontic, adj.
preventive dentistry. — prophylactodontist, n. — prophylactodontic, adj.
the branch of dentistry concerned with the replacement of missing teeth with dentures, bridges, etc. — prosthodontist, n.
a shrinking or wasting away of the gums.
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
- Beautiful teeth, like china plates —Rosellen Brown
- Big teeth … like chunks of solidified milk —Frank Swinnerton
- Front teeth showed like those of a squirrel —George Ade
- (When she opened her mouth) gaps like broken window panes could be seen in her teeth —Sholem Asch
- Her front teeth overlapped each other like dealt cards —Alice McDermott
- His teeth looked like a picket fence in a slum neighborhood —Stephen King
- His [false] teeth moved slightly, like the keyboards of a piano —Pamela Hansford Johnson
- His teeth stood out like scored corks set in a jagged row —Sterling Hayden
- Lower teeth crooked, as if some giant had taken his face and squeezed them loose from his jaw —Larry McMurtry
- My teeth felt like they had little sweaters on them —Anon
See Also: TASTE
- Sharp-worn teeth like slivers of rock —Ella Leffland
- The shiny new false teeth gave him the peculiar look of someone who smiles for a living —Andrew Kaplan
- Small pointed teeth, like a squirrel’s —Willa Cather
- Teeth all awry and at all angles like an old fence —George Garrett
- Teeth, as yellow as old ivory —Frank Swinnerton
- Teeth … big and even as piano keys —Helen Hudson
- Teeth … channelled and stained like the teeth of an old horse —R. Wright Campbell
- Teeth … chattering like castanets —Maurice Edelman
- Teeth clatter like ice cubes in a blender —Ira Wood
- Teeth clicking like dice —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Teeth like cream —Willa Cather
- Teeth like a row of alabaster Britannicas —Joe Coomer
- Teeth like pearls —Robert Browning
- Teeth like piano keys —Elizabeth Spencer
- Teeth like white mosaics shone —Herbert Read
- Teeth … tapping together like typewriter keys —Cornell Woolrich
- White teeth, the kind that look like cheap dentures even when they are not —Eric Ambler
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Up to 32 bone-like structures in the jaws. Different types (incisors, canines, premolars, molars) are specialized to pierce, tear, crush, and/or grind food.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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|Noun||1.||teeth - the kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal|
primary dentition - dentition of deciduous teeth
secondary dentition - dentition of permanent teeth
tooth - hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense
mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris - the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge; "he stuffed his mouth with candy"
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
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plural noun see teeth
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
n., pl. dientes;
deciduous ___ → ___ de leche o primera dentición;
permanent ___ → ___ permanentes;
secondary ___ → ___ secundarios;
wisdom ___ → ___ cordales
pop. muelas del juicio.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
teethpl de tooth
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.