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The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth of most vertebrates that manipulates food for mastication, and is used in the act of swallowing. It is of importance in the digestive system and is the primary organ of taste in the gustatory system. The tongue's upper surface (dorsum) is covered by taste buds housed in numerous lingual papillae. It is sensitive and kept moist by saliva, and is richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. The tongue also serves as a natural means of cleaning the teeth. A major function of the tongue is the enabling of speech in humans and vocalization in other animals. The human tongue is divided into two parts, an oral part at the front and a pharyngeal part at the back. The left and right sides are also separated along most of its length by a vertical section of fibrous tissue (the lingual septum) that results in a groove, the median sulcus on the tongue's surface. There are two groups of muscles of the tongue. The four intrinsic muscles alter the shape of the tongue and are not attached to bone. The four paired extrinsic muscles change the position of the tongue and are anchored to bone..

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Definitions of "tongue"

  • The fleshy, movable, muscular organ, attached in most vertebrates to the floor of the mouth, that is the principal organ of taste, an aid in chewing and swallowing, and, in humans, an important organ of speech. noun
  • An analogous organ or part in invertebrate animals, as in certain insects or mollusks. noun
  • The tongue of an animal, such as a cow, used as food. noun
  • A spoken language or dialect. noun
  • Speech; talk: If there is goodness in your heart, it will come to your tongue. noun
  • The act or power of speaking: She had no tongue to answer. noun
  • Speech or vocal sounds produced in a state of religious ecstasy. noun
  • Style or quality of utterance: her sharp tongue. noun
  • The bark or baying of a hunting dog that sees game: The dog gave tongue when the fox came through the hedge. noun
  • Something resembling a tongue in shape or function, as: noun
  • The vibrating end of a reed in a wind instrument. noun
  • A flame. noun
  • The flap of material under the laces or buckles of a shoe. noun
  • A spit of land; a promontory. noun
  • A bell clapper. noun
  • The harnessing pole attached to the front axle of a horse-drawn vehicle. noun
  • A protruding strip along the edge of a board that fits into a matching groove on the edge of another board. noun
  • Music To separate or articulate (notes played on a brass or wind instrument) by shutting off the stream of air with the tongue. verb-transitive
  • To touch or lick with the tongue. verb-transitive

The word "tongue" in example sentences

P.ace the N. P., _long cord_, upon the lower cervical vertebræ, and then treat, _first_, with the _tongue_ instrument, P. P., in the mouth, as far back on the tongue as can be borne, three to five minutes.. [A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication]

It is produced at the middle or central part of the mouth, by forcing a slight, closely-squeezed current of Sounding Breath, through a small, smooth channel or opening made by forming _a gutter or scoop of the flattened point of the tongue_; while, at the same time, the tongue is applied at the edges to the teeth and gums.. [The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy]

So you may perceive, I _have the use of my tongue_ & I tell her it is a good thing to have the use of my tongue.. [Diary of Anna Green Winslow A Boston School Girl of 1771]

On the whole, no man ought, for any cause, to speak lies, or have anything to do with _lies; _ but either hold his tongue, or speak a bit of the truth: that is the meaning of a _tongue, _ people used to know!. [The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II.]

Wherein the due government of the tongue consists, or when it may be said of any one in a moral and religious sense that he _bridleth his tongue_, I come now to consider.. [Human Nature and Other Sermons]

The dialect of the Grödner Thal, called the Ladin tongue, is supposed to be directly derived from the original Latin at some date contemporary with the period of Roman rule.. [Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys]

He looked upon it that God girded him with gladness to the end that he might be the sweet psalmist of Israel (2 Sam.xxiii. 1), that his glory might sing praise to God, that is, his tongue (for our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when it is employed in praising God) or his soul, for that is our glory above the beasts, that must be employed in blessing the. [Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)]

How he excites himself to the duty of praise (v. 8): Awake up my glory, that is, my tongue (our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when it is employed in praising God), or my soul, that must be first awakened; dull and sleepy devotions will never be acceptable to. [Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)]

Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.. [Jim Wallis: MLK and the "Progressive Hunter"]

Often he followed these comic statements with what I call a tongue eraser: an action where the tongue visibly moves from one side of the mouth, signifying that this person does not like what he is saying.. [Patti Wood: What's Behind Letterman's Words?]

July 30, 2006 at 01: 52 PM yeah, i hear ya about the grounding!!! sista tongue is a lot of shifting ground too -- a lot more academic-y than other creative writing -- but i think she was using the book as a way to make a multi-genre sort of statement about different ways language is used more than a way to tell a story .... [An Asian American and Multiracial Reading List]

August 6th, 2002 · Posted by: Susan in Announcements the tongue is the fastest healing part of a human body the average speed of a house fly is 4.5 miles an hour cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. [more real facts]

I know she brought an action for what I said; and I know you had to pay damages for what you call my tongue -- I well remember all that.. [Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures]

This, which Solomon makes a necessary part of the character of his virtuous woman, that she openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness (Prov.xxxi. 26), must needs be a part of the character of every true Christian.. [Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)]

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things, v. 4, 5.. [Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)]

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, &c., v. 5, 6.. [Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)]

Tongue Translates

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f., müz. dil vuruşu yapmak; tahtalara geçme kenar yapmak; k.dili konuşmak.f., müz. dil vuruşu yapmak; tahtalara geçme kenar yapmak; k.dili konuşmak.

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