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dental Tweet Definition of dental Like Definition of dental on Facebook
adjective
  1. of or concerning the teeth: dental care
  2. of or concerning dentistry
  3. (phonetics) made with the tongue touching the teeth: dental fricative
dental caries Tweet Definition of dental caries Like Definition of dental caries on Facebook
noun
  1. tooth decay; a disease of the teeth resulting in damage to tooth structure.
dental floss Tweet Definition of dental floss Like Definition of dental floss on Facebook
noun
  1. floss (used to clean the areas between the teeth)
dentifrice Tweet Definition of dentifrice Like Definition of dentifrice on Facebook
noun
  1. toothpaste or any other substance, such as powder, for cleaning the teeth
dentin Tweet Definition of dentin Like Definition of dentin on Facebook
noun
  1. The hard, dense calcareous material that makes up the bulk of a tooth
dentist Tweet Definition of dentist Like Definition of dentist on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, dentistry)
  1. A medical doctor who specializes in fixing people"s teeth.
dentistry Tweet Definition of dentistry Like Definition of dentistry on Facebook
noun
  1. Operations performed on teeth by dentists, such as drilling teeth, filling cavity, cavities, and placing crowns and bridges.
dentition Tweet Definition of dentition Like Definition of dentition on Facebook
noun
  1. The set of natural teeth of an individual
  2. The type, number and arrangement of the normal teeth of an organism or of the actual teeth of an individual
  3. The process of growing teeth; teething
denture Tweet Definition of denture Like Definition of denture on Facebook
noun
  1. a set of teeth, the teeth viewed as a unit
  2. an artificial replacement of one or more teeth
  3. (often, in plural) a complete replacement of all teeth in a mouth
diastema Tweet Definition of diastema Like Definition of diastema on Facebook
noun (pluraldiastemata)
  1. A gap or space between two adjacent teeth
    • 1968: A gormless-looking boy, thin and exhibiting diastemata in the shop-front lights, offered him English newspapers. " Anthony Burgess, Enderby Outside
disclosing Tweet Definition of disclosing Like Definition of disclosing on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, disclose)
distal Tweet Definition of distal Like Definition of distal on Facebook
adjective
  1. Remote from the point of attachment or origin; as, the distal end of a bone or muscle
  2. In dentistry, facing the wisdom tooth or temporomandibular joint on the same side of the jaw; opposed to mesial.
dowel Tweet Definition of dowel Like Definition of dowel on Facebook
noun
  1. A pin, or block, of wood or metal, fitting into holes in the abutting portions of two pieces, and being partly in one piece and partly in the other, to keep them in their proper relative position.
  2. A piece of wood driven into a wall, so that other pieces may be nailed to it.
drift Tweet Definition of drift Like Definition of drift on Facebook
noun
  1. The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.
  2. A place, also known as a ford, along a river where the water is shallow enough to permit oxen or sheep to be driven to the opposite side.
  3. Course or direction along which anything is driven; setting.
  4. The tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence, also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim.
  5. That which is driven, forced, or urged along
  6. Anything driven at random.
  7. A mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., esp. by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.
  8. A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds.
  9. The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments.
  10. A collection of loose earth and rocks, or boulders, which have been distributed over large portions of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of forty degrees, by the agency of ice.
  11. In South Africa, a ford in a river.
  12. A slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or through it; a broach.
  13. A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework.
  14. A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles.
  15. A passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft; a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or tunnel.
  16. The distance through which a current flows in a given time.
  17. The angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the meridian, in drifting.
  18. The distance to which a vessel is carried off from her desired course by the wind, currents, or other causes.
  19. The place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is raised and the rail is cut off, and usually terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece.
  20. The distance between the two blocks of a tackle.
  21. The difference between the size of a bolt and the hole into which it is driven, or between the circumference of a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven.
  22. A sideways movement of the ball through the air, when bowled by a spin bowler.
  23. Driftwood, driftwood included in flotsam washed up onto the beach.
  24. Driftless Area, Drift (see Wikipedia). The material left behind by the retreat of continenal glaciers. It buries former river valleys and creates young river valleys. The Diftless Area, a geographical area of North America, was unglaciated for the past 510 million years. Mass noun.
verb
  1. To move slowly, pushed by currents of water, air, etc
The boat drifted away from the shore.
The balloon was drifting in the breeze.
  1. To move haphazardly without any destination.
''He drifted from town to town, never settling down.
  1. To deviate gently from the intended direction of travel.
''This car tends to drift left at high speeds
dummy Tweet Definition of dummy Like Definition of dummy on Facebook
noun (dummies)
  1. A silent person; a person who does not talk.
  2. An unintelligent person.
  • Don't be such a !
    1. A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist.
    2. Something constructed with the size and form of a human, to be used in place of a person.
To understand the effects of the accident, we dropped a from the rooftop.
  1. A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one.
The hammer and drill in the display are dummies.
  1. (context, Australia, UK) A pacifier.
The baby wants its .
  1. (bridge) The partner of the winning bidder, who shows his or her hand.
  2. A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; feints.
  3. (linguistics) A word serving only to make a construction grammatical.
The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a .
  1. (complang) An unused parameter or value.
  • If <code>flag1</code> is false, the other parameters are dummies.
  • verb (dummies, dummying, dummied)
    1. To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.
      The carpenters dummied some props for the rehearsals.

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