Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake with which it injects its poison.
  • n. Any of the canine teeth of a carnivorous animal, such as a dog or wolf, with which it seizes and tears its prey.
  • n. A long, sharp, pointed tooth, especially a canine tooth.
  • n. The root of a tooth or a pronglike division of such a root.
  • n. A fanglike structure, especially a chelicera of a venomous spider.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grasping; capture; the act or power of seizing; hold.
  • n. That which is seized or carried off; booty; spoils; stolen goods.
  • n. Any projection, catch, shoot, or other thing by which hold is taken; a prehensile part or organ.
  • n. A channel cut in the rock, or a pipe of wood, used for conveying air.
  • n. Cage-shuts.
  • n. The coil or bend of a rope; (by extension) a noose; a trap.
  • n. A long, pointed canine tooth used for biting and tearing flesh or (in snakes) for injecting venom.
  • v. to strike or attack with the fangs
  • v. To catch, capture; seize; grip; clutch; lay hold of.
  • v. To take; receive with assent; accept.
  • v. To receive with hospitality; welcome.
  • v. To receive.
  • v. To receive or adopt into spiritual relation, as in baptism; be godfather or godmother to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tusk of an animal, by which the prey is seized and held or torn; a long pointed tooth; esp., one of the usually erectile, venomous teeth of serpents. Also, one of the falcers of a spider.
  • n. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken.
  • n. The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth.
  • n. A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course.
  • n. A projecting tooth or prong, as in a part of a lock, or the plate of a belt clamp, or the end of a tool, as a chisel, where it enters the handle.
  • n.
  • n. The valve of a pump box.
  • n. A bend or loop of a rope.
  • transitive v. To catch; to seize, as with the teeth; to lay hold of; to gripe; to clutch.
  • transitive v. To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To catch; seize; grip; clutch; lay hold of.
  • To take; receive with assent, accept.
  • To receive with hospitality, as a guest; welcome.
  • To receive (a thing given or imposed).
  • To receive or adopt into spiritual relation, as in baptism; be godfather or godmother to.
  • To seize; lay hold.
  • n. A grasping; capture; the act or power of seizing; hold.
  • n. That which is seized or carried off; booty; spoils; stolen goods.
  • n. Any projection, catch, shoot, or other thing by which hold is taken; a prehensile part or organ.
  • n. Specifically — A claw or talon; a falcula.
  • n. A fin.
  • n. A long, sharp tooth, as an organ of prehension, as the canine tooth of a dog, or the tusk of a boar or an elephant.
  • n. The socketed part of a tooth, as that by which the tooth holds on to the jaw. There may be one or several fangs.
  • n. The poison-or venom-tooth of a serpent, through which venom is injected into a wound made by it. See venom, and cut under poison-fang.
  • n. The pointed and curved second joint of the falx or chelicera of a spider, pierced at the tip by the opening of the poison-duct. The term is sometimes applied to the whole chelicera. See cuts under chelicera and falx.
  • n. The tang of a tool.
  • n. Any projecting prong in a lock or a bolt.
  • n. In mining: A channel cut in the rock, or a pipe of wood, for conveying air.
  • n. plural Cage-shuts.
  • n.
  • n. A valve in a pump; the water-seal of a pump.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an appendage of insects that is capable of injecting venom; usually evolved from the legs
  • n. hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison
  • n. a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon
  • n. canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey

Etymologies

Middle English, booty, spoils, something seized, from Old English; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fangen, from Old English fōn ("to take, grasp, seize, catch, capture, make prisoner, receive, accept, assume, undertake, meet with, encounter"), and Old Norse fanga ("to fetch, capture"), both from Proto-Germanic *fanhanan, *fangōnan (“to catch, capture”), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Cognate with West Frisian fange ("to catch"), Dutch vangen ("to catch"), German fangen ("to catch"), Danish fange ("to catch"), Albanian peng ("to hinder, hold captive"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English fang, feng ("a catching, capture, seizing"), from Old English fang, feng ("grip, embrace, grasp, grasping, capture, prey, booty, plunder"), from Proto-Germanic *fangan, *fangiz, *fanhiz (“catch, catching, seizure”), from *fanhanan (“to catch, capture”), from Proto-Indo-European *peHg̑- (“to fasten”). Cognate with Scots fang ("that which is taken, capture, catch, prey, booty"), Dutch vang ("a catch"), Low German fangst ("a catch"), German Fang ("a catch, capture, booty"), Swedish fång, fångst, Icelandic fang. Related also to Latin pangere ("to solidify, drive in"), Albanian mpij ("to benumb, stiffen"), Ancient Greek  (pḗgnymi, "to stiffen, firm up"), Sanskrit  (pāśáyati, "(s)he binds"). (Wiktionary)
From an abbreviation of fangtooth, from Middle English *fangtooth, *fengtooth, from Old English fængtōþ, fengtōþ ("canine tooth", literally "catch-tooth"). Cognate with German Fangzahn ("fang", literally "catch-tooth"). (Wiktionary)

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