1. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
Synonyms: gingiva
Related terms: animal_tissue mouth
2. [ noun ] (food) a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
Synonyms: chewing_gum
Related terms: sweet bubble_gum gum_ball
3. [ verb ] (food) grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
Synonyms: mumble

"the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"

Related terms: chew gingiva
4. [ noun ] cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
Synonyms: glue mucilage
Related terms: cement casein_glue spirit_gum animal_glue marine_glue fish_glue glue
5. [ noun ] wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum
Synonyms: gumwood
Related terms: wood sweet_gum gum_tree
6. [ verb ] exude or form gum

"these trees gum in the Spring"

Related terms: exude
7. [ noun ] any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
Related terms: exudate ammoniac euphorbium carrageenin red_gum ghatti chicle guar_gum frankincense galbanum agar conima algin cherry-tree_gum dragon's_blood chewing_gum balata gum_arabic gum_butea kino mesquite_gum mucilage sterculia_gum gutta-percha lacquer opopanax sangapenum tragacanth sweet_gum
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11380
9. [ noun ] (botany) any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
Synonyms: gum_tree
Related terms: tree liquidambar tupelo eucalyptus gumwood
Similar spelling:   Gumm