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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A rattlesnake's fangs are neatly folded away when not in use but are swung forward for the strike.
▪ I remembered the animals on the fang and how they had behaved when one mounted the other.
▪ Ko-Ko must be getting a little long in the fang by now.
▪ Other days he growled, the fangs angry and huge and brightly wet.
▪ They are oviparous, or egg laying, and have rigid fangs.
▪ They growl and show their fangs.
▪ They sold the fang to their son Richard, who only came during summers, until about 1926.
▪ When rock'n'roll loses its fangs and stops being just a little bit dangerous, then it is over.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fang \Fang\, n. [From Fang, v. t.; cf. AS. fang a taking, booty, G. fang.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

    Since I am a dog, beware my fangs.

  2. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken.

    The protuberant fangs of the yucca.

  3. (Anat.) The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth.

  4. (Mining) A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course.

  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.

  6. (Naut.)

    1. The valve of a pump box.

    2. A bend or loop of a rope.

      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.]


Fang \Fang\ (f[a^]ng), v. t. [OE. fangen, fongen, fon (g orig. only in p. p. and imp. tense), AS. f[=o]n; akin to D. vangen, OHG. f[=a]han, G. fahen, fangen, Icel. f[=a], Sw. f[*a], f[*a]nga, Dan. fange, faae, Goth. fahan, and prob. to E. fair, peace, pact. Cf. Fair, a.]

  1. To catch; to seize, as with the teeth; to lay hold of; to gripe; to clutch. [Obs.]

    He's in the law's clutches; you see he's fanged.
    --J. Webster.

  2. To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs. ``Chariots fanged with scythes.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English fang "prey, spoils, plunder, booty; a seizing or taking," from gefangen, strong past participle of fon "seize, take, capture," from Proto-Germanic *fango- (cognates: Old Frisian fangia, Middle Dutch and Dutch vangen, Old Norse fanga, German fangen, Gothic fahan), from PIE root *pag- "to make firm, fix;" connected to Latin pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see pact).\n

\nThe sense of "canine tooth" (1550s) was not in Middle English and probably developed from Old English fengtoð, literally "catching- or grasping-tooth." Compare German Fangzahn. Transferred to the venom tooth of a serpent, etc., by 1800.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive dialectal or archaic English) To catch, capture; seize; grip; clutch; lay hold of. 2 (context transitive dialectal or obsolete English) To take; receive with assent; accept. 3 (context transitive obsolete as a guest English) To receive with hospitality; welcome. 4 (context transitive obsolete a thing given or imposed English) To receive. 5 (context transitive dialectal English) To receive or adopt into spiritual relation, as in baptism; be godfather or godmother to. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context Now chiefly dialectal Scotland English) A grasping; capture; the act or power of seizing; hold. 2 That which is seized or carried off; booty; spoils; stolen goods. 3 Any projection, catch, shoot, or other thing by which hold is taken; a prehensile part or organ. 4 (context mining English) A channel cut in the rock, or a pipe of wood, used for conveying air. 5 (context rare in the plural English) cage-shuts. 6 (context nautical English) The coil or bend of a rope; (context by extension English) a noose; a trap. 7 (context nautical English) The valve of a pump box. vb. (context Scotland transitive English) To supply (a pump) with the water necessary for it to operate. Etymology 3

n. 1 a long, pointed canine tooth used for biting and tearing flesh 2 (in snakes) a long pointed tooth for injecting venom vb. 1 (context rare English) To strike or attack with the fangs. 2 To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs.

Fang (comics)

Fang is a fictional extraterrestrial character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #107 in October 1977.

Fang (surname)

Fang (, ) is the 47th most prevalent Chinese surname. In Chinese, Fāng , means "square" or "four-sided". Fāng is pronounced Fong in Cantonese, Hong or Png in some Min Nan dialects and Png or Pung in Teochew.

Some more uncommon surnames that are also conventionally simplified to "Fang" in English are Fáng , meaning "house", and Fāng , meaning "fragrant".

Fang (band)

Fang is an American hardcore punk band, formed in Berkeley, California in 1980. The group was originally part of the punk rock scene in Berkeley, California in the 1980s. Fang initially broke up in 1989 when vocalist Sam McBride was sent to prison for killing his girlfriend, Dixie Lee Carney. Upon his release, in 1995, McBride changed his name to Sammytown and reformed Fang.

Fang (town)

Fang or "Wiang Fang" ("wiang" is a walled city or town) is a town in the northern Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, also known as Thesaban Wiang Fang, the capital of Fang District. It is 154 km north of Chiang Mai, among the highest mountains in the country.

Fang (disambiguation)

Fang is a mammal's canine tooth.

Fang may also refer to:

  • A snake's poison-injecting tooth: see snake venom
  • Fang (town), in Thailand
  • Fang people, in Central Africa
  • Fang language, spoken by Fang people
  • Fang (surname), a common Chinese surname (方), and less common ones (房, 防, etc.)
  • Fang (band), a California punk band
  • Fang County, in Hubei, China
  • Fang, Iran, a village in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran
  • Plastic Fang, an album by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Fang District, a district of Chiang Mai province, Thailand
  • Fangs (album), the fifth studio album by experimental rock band, Falling Up
  • Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel, a novel by James Patterson
  • FANG, financial industry acronym for technology companies Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.1

A fang is a long, pointed tooth. In mammals, a fang is a canine tooth, used for biting and tearing flesh. In snakes, it is a venom-injecting tooth (see snake venom). Spiders also have external fangs, which are part of the chelicerae.

Fangs are most common in carnivores or omnivores, but some herbivores, such as fruit bats, have them as well. They are generally used to hold or swiftly kill prey, such as in large cats. Omnivorous animals, such as bears, use their fangs when hunting fish or other prey, but they are not needed for consuming fruit. Some apes also have fangs, which they use for threats and fighting. However, the relatively short canines of humans are not considered to be fangs.

Usage examples of "fang".

The very sight of the awesome Forest aborigines, with their fanged muzzles agape and their taloned hands hovering near their weapons, was enough to convert the dance-bone cheaters to instant integrity.

The fanged suckers had ceased their movement toward him and were swirling about in aimless confusion.

Then came another flash and a second man emerged before the administrator -- short, but with athletic shoulders, hair red as fire, albugo in one eye, a fang in his mouth .

The absurd, ugly fang disappeared without a trace, and the albugo on his eye proved false.

Ialdabaeoth burst from the alembic in a shattering of glass and a sulfurous stench, already the size of a bear and still growing as it reared up, fanged jaws agape.

Pawnbroker Fang, who will sell the root to somebody like the Ancestress, who will squat like a huge venomous toad upon a folk deity whose sole purpose in life is to aid the pure in heart.

A huge, black, hairy arachnid leaped on her back and sank its fangs into her shoulder, but her mail withstood the attack.

Those glistening, dripping fangs were an inch from his legs when he squeezed the trigger, the rifle recoiling into his shoulder as the heavy slug tore through the arachnid and it stopped dead.

Big jagged hunks of azurite and turquoise decorating the floor erupted through the white stone ocean like fangs tearing through flesh.

The picture of open jaws and fangs suddenly reminded him with considerable force of his nerve racking brush with the beisa oryx.

The thought of Bevel -- of anyone -- touching any portion of the body resting so peacefully against his caused a growl to rumble in his throat, had him exposing his fangs and tensing his body for attack.

She wanted Cavin with a fanged, descended-from-wolves viciousness than transcended her tiny barrel-chested body.

CHAPTER 119 The Candles Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure.

The Daimon flashed his fangs and snarled at Zarek as if he had no idea who or what he was facing.

Then a huge black dalf burst into view, and charged at them with bared fangs.