American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Located or made for use between the teeth.
- adj. Pronounced with the tip of the tongue between the teeth, as (þ) in that or (th) in thumb.
- n. An interdental consonant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Occurring or produced between the teeth.
- adj. Pertaining to the space between the teeth
- adj. Pronounced with the tongue between the top and bottom teeth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Situated between teeth.
- adj. (Phon.) Formed between the upper and lower teeth.
“We pass the shoe market, where hundreds of shoes hang from the ceilings on strings; the purse market, hanging by purse strings; the music mart, where the rich interdental consonants of Arabic songs consume the air; the basket bazaar; a merchant unfurling a yo-yo.”
“Professional checkups and cleaning are important as well, as is flossing and the use of interdental brushes.”
“Wish I'd bought new toothbrushes more often, saved up enough to go for a professional cleaning and checkup once a year and invested in dental floss and interdental brushes!”
“There appears to be an Ugaritic dialectal change from *ẓ the emphatic interdental ɣ for instance.”
“• Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.”
“Many native Hebrew-speakers have enormous trouble with the interdental fricatives; my mother, for example, still says [tam] for "thumb" and [diz] for "these" after 53 years in the US.”
“Limbus laminæ spiralis, with a, the teeth of the first row; b, b, the auditory teeth of the other rows; c, c, the interdental grooves and the cells which are lodged in them.”
“The interior of the mouth is examined by holding the head up and inserting the fingers through the interdental space in such a way as to cause the mouth to open.”
“If horses had not this convenient gap (interdental space) in their rows of teeth, we would probably have to guide and control them by means of reins attached to a nose-band, which is a method practised by many American cow-boys when breaking in young horses.”
“As the pressure of the bit should be an indication of the wishes of the rider and not a means of inflicting pain, the bit should rest on the least sensitive portion of the interdental space, namely, on the part just above the tushes; because there the jaw-bone is broader than higher up, and is consequently better able to bear pressure.”
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