Adjective "gum" definition and examples

(Gum may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɡʌm/

Definitions and examples

noun

A viscous secretion of some trees and shrubs that hardens on drying but is soluble in water, and from which adhesives and other products are made.
  1. 'Their ‘pens’ were quills and their ink was a mixture of gum, soot and, sometimes, the ink from an octopus.'
  2. 'I prefer to mix my own gum by dissolving gum-arabic powder or granules in water, at 1 part gum to 2 parts water.'
  3. 'After this period of time, they begin to oxidize, forming sludge, varnish, gum and other harmful deposits.'
  4. 'Experimenters soon found that the hardened gum could be dissolved in turpentine and then reshaped.'
  5. 'Combining xanthan gum with locust bean gum will have a similar effect.'
  6. 'Then while it was drying itself, they would attach a feather or piece of down to its back with gum or blood or clay, to heighten its visibility as it returned in flight to its nest.'
  7. 'Guar gum did not produce significant adhesive forces.'
  8. 'I learn that one ice cream ingredient, locust bean gum, was used in ancient Egypt to seal the wrappings on mummies.'
  9. 'These products are normally some type of long chain polymer or gum that increases the viscosity of the spray mixture.'
  10. 'The proportions of gum and water to be added to a fixed oil, in order to produce a satisfactory emulsion, will vary according to the oil used.'
  11. 'There are over five hundred million balloons in Europe which have been tied together with string and gum to form Europe City, the capital of Europe.'
  1. 'Josh ambled over to the garbage can, blowing one final bubble before spitting out his gum.'
  2. 'When she'd consumed the bitter liquid, she'd chew the gum, blowing great thick pink bubbles with casual aplomb.'
  3. 'She smiled and waved flirtatiously, blowing a bubble with her gum in an attempt to look cute.'
  4. 'They were described as gum shields being decorated boards with holes on top of a bin, the chewer then drops their gum through the hole into the bin.'
  5. 'A bored looking Sales attendant glanced up from her magazine while absentmindedly blowing a bubble with her gum, and gestured around herself.'
  6. 'Victoria sat on the edge of her seat, listening attentively and chewing hard on her gum.'
  7. 'Chew gum or suck on hard candy - if your child is older than 3 years.'
  8. 'You could have heard a pin drop; the interrogating lawyer even stopped snapping his gum.'
  9. 'I drop the cold metal cross and look up at him, blowing a bubble with my gum.'
  10. 'Caitlin blew a quick bubble with her gum, repositioning her crossed legs that were covered slightly by a highly slit jean skirt.'
A gum tree, especially a eucalyptus.
  1. 'Thomas established a piece of paradise by planting many native rimu, gums and pines, which now shelter an extraordinary collection of some of the world's rarest and most unusual plants.'
  2. 'Associated species were pignut and mockernut, hickories, black gum, red maple, sassafras, sourwood, and white ash.'
  3. 'Atholl and Wierda Valley still boast some of the gums and pines that she planted in those suburbs.'
  4. 'Spotted gum, a type of eucalyptus, runs throughout the house.'
  5. 'The Australian ‘Nilagiris’ owe their name to a vaporous blue haze exuded by the eucalyptus gum.'
  6. 'For botany lessons, we crossed the road into the botanical gardens, there to examine the leaves of ash, oak, elm, plane, pine but no wattles, gums or banksias.'
  7. 'A little further downstream were towering red gums and grey gums.'

      verb

      Cover with gum or glue.
      1. 'If an artwork does require new hinges, both Linde and Derow recommend using traditional Japanese rice paper hinges attached with wheat starch paste rather than gummed linen tapes or pre-glued papers.'
      2. 'The curling iron was carefully slid away and the eye of the curl was glued in place with a gummed needle.'
      3. 'Drawing and painting materials - as well as crayons and felt-tip pens, try colouring pencils, poster paints, coloured paper, sparkly card, glitter glue, gummed shapes, pom-poms and sequins.'
      4. 'Handy too, because it seems to get gummed up with hair and dog fur and carpet fluff occasionally.'
      5. 'Obviously printing books in several languages proved to be very expensive - so we have instead provided all the words for book on gummed paper in 9 languages.'
      6. 'the receipts are gummed into a special book'
      7. 'Stamps are slammed on the title page, label pockets gummed to the rear pastedown, dust wrappers discarded, covers vulcanised in plastic - or, in those days, a toffee-brown buckram tough enough to withstand acid.'
      8. 'The impact would be nearly imperceptible at first, but it'd be there, and significant enough to gum things up.'
      9. 'They are gumming up the works and sticking their noses in where they shouldn't.'
      10. 'All the work's possible dreams are gummed up to create a world that is glacial, hyperrealistic, and devoid of poetry.'
      11. 'With two planets gumming up the works, you're feeling a little bummed out.'
      12. 'What you can do is find some other system that's naturally slowing it down, and try to gum that pathway up instead, freeing the enzyme of interest to do its thing.'
      13. 'On one hand, it can gum the market up, keeping it flat and discouraging people from trading completely.'

      Genito-urinary medicine.

        More definitions

        1. any of various viscid, amorphous exudations from plants, hardening on exposure to air and soluble in or forming a viscid mass with water.

        2. any of various similar exudations, as resin.

        3. a preparation of such a substance, as for use in the arts or bookbinding.

        4. chewing gum.

        5. mucilage; glue.

        6. rubber1 (def 1).

        7. gum tree.

        8. Philately. the adhesive by which a postage stamp is affixed.Compare o.g (def 1). 9. Informal. a rubber overshoe or boot. verb (used wit

        More examples(as adjective)

        "pastes can be gum."

        "instruments can be gum."

        "diseases can be gum."

        Origin

        (gum)Middle English: from Old French gomme, based on Latin gummi, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian kemai.