noun, plural teeth.
- any of the uniform projections on a gear or rack by which it drives, or is driven by, a gear, rack, or worm.
- any of the uniform projections on a sprocket by which it drives or is driven by a chain.
- any small, toothlike marginal lobe.
- one of the toothlike divisions of the peristome of mosses.
verb (used with object), toothed [tootht, toothd] /tuθt, tuðd/, tooth·ing [too-thing, -thing] /ˈtu θɪŋ, -ðɪŋ/.
verb (used without object), toothed [tootht, toothd] /tuθt, tuðd/, tooth·ing [too-thing, -thing] /ˈtu θɪŋ, -ðɪŋ/.
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Idioms for tooth
- so as to face or confront; straight into or against: in the teeth of the wind.
- in defiance of; in opposition to: She maintained her stand in the teeth of public opinion.
- to induce an unpleasant sensation.
- to repel; irritate: The noise of the machines sets my teeth on edge.
Origin of tooth
OTHER WORDS FROM toothtooth·like, adjective
Words nearby tooth
British Dictionary definitions for set one's teeth on edge
noun plural teeth (tiːθ)
verb (tuːð, tuːθ)
Derived forms of toothtoothless, adjectivetoothlike, adjective
Word Origin for tooth
Medical definitions for set one's teeth on edge
n. pl. teeth (tēth)
Scientific definitions for set one's teeth on edge
Plural teeth (tēth)
Cultural definitions for set one's teeth on edge (1 of 2)
Something that one finds intensely irritating may be said to “set one's teeth on edge”: “The mayor's sexist remark set my teeth on edge.”
Cultural definitions for set one's teeth on edge (2 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with set one's teeth on edge (1 of 2)
Irritate, annoy, make one cringe, as in That raucous laugh sets my teeth on edge. This expression alludes to the shuddering feeling evoked by a grating noise or similar irritation. It appears in several books of the Bible and was also used by Shakespeare. [c. 1600]
Idioms and Phrases with set one's teeth on edge (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with tooth
- tooth fairy
- fight tooth and nail
- fine-tooth comb
- long in the tooth
- sweet tooth
Also see underteeth.