Fang

Fang

, n. [From Fang, v. t.; cf. AS. fang a taking, booty, G. fang.] 1. (Zol.) 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.
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Since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
Shak.
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2. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken.
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The protuberant fangs of the yucca.
Evelyn.
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3. (Anat.) The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth.
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4. (Mining) A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course. Knight.
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5. (Mech.) 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.
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6. (Naut.) (a) The valve of a pump box. (b) A bend or loop of a rope.
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In a fang, fast entangled. -- To lose the fang, said of a pump when the water has gone out; hence: To fang a pump, to supply it with the water necessary to make it operate. [Scot.]
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