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gumming (See gum)


1 a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing [syn: chewing gum]
2 the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth [syn: gingiva]
3 any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
4 cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive [syn: glue, mucilage]
5 wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum [syn: gumwood]
6 any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum [syn: gum tree]


1 grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty; "the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food" [syn: mumble]
2 exude or form gum; "these trees gum in the Spring" [also: gumming, gummed]gumming n : ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth) [syn: mumbling]

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  1. present participle of gum
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