• WordNet 3.6
    • n fang hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison
    • n fang canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
    • n fang an appendage of insects that is capable of injecting venom; usually evolved from the legs
    • n Fang a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest fangs of a snake are found on the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica), and can reach over 2 inches in length
    • Fang (Naut) A bend or loop of a rope.
    • Fang (Mining) A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course.
    • Fang (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.
    • Fang Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken. "The protuberant fangs of the yucca."
    • Fang (Anat) The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth.
    • Fang (Zoöl) 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 ."
    • Fang (Naut) The valve of a pump box.
    • Fang To catch; to seize, as with the teeth; to lay hold of; to gripe; to clutch. "He's in the law's clutches; you see he's fanged ."
    • Fang To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs. "Chariots fanged with scythes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fang To catch; seize; grip; clutch; lay hold of.
    • fang To take; receive with assent, accept.
    • fang To receive with hospitality, as a guest; welcome.
    • fang To receive (a thing given or imposed).
    • fang To receive or adopt into spiritual relation, as in baptism; be godfather or godmother to.
    • fang To seize; lay hold.
    • n fang A grasping; capture; the act or power of seizing; hold.
    • n fang That which is seized or carried off; booty; spoils; stolen goods.
    • n fang Any projection, catch, shoot, or other thing by which hold is taken; a prehensile part or organ.
    • n fang Specifically — A claw or talon; a falcula.
    • n fang A fin.
    • n fang 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 fang 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 fang 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 fang 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 fang The tang of a tool.
    • n fang Any projecting prong in a lock or a bolt.
    • n fang In mining: A channel cut in the rock, or a pipe of wood, for conveying air.
    • n fang plural Cage-shuts.
    • n fang A valve in a pump; the water-seal of a pump.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fang fang the tooth of a ravenous beast: a claw or talon: the venom-tooth of a serpent:
    • v.t Fang (obs.) to seize upon, catch
    • n Fang fang (Shak.) a grip, catch
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  • John Major
    John Major
    “I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The deadly Hydra now is the hydra of Equality. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity is the three-fanged serpent.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fangen, fongen, fon,g orig. only in p. p. and imp. tense), AS. fōn,; akin to D. vangen, OHG. fāhan, G. fahen, fangen, Icel. , Sw. , fånga, Dan. fange, faae, Goth. fahan, and prob. to E. fair, peace, pact,. Cf. Fair (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fang, from fón, to seize; Ger. fangen, to catch, Dut. vangen.


In literature:

They've gotten their fangs into my heart, Rover, and seean they'll be coilin' thersels about my body.
"Tales of the Ridings" by F. W. Moorman
His mental fangs were already fixed in Binhart.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Who says their fangs are extracted?
"Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond" by Budgett Meakin
Those who give love to one who cannot love may not escape the stroke of that poisoned fang.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
There was a yellow-fanged northern devil who marshaled the serving-men, and it is he who keeps her palace gate.
"Caves of Terror" by Talbot Mundy
Looked along both pointed protuberances aimed at the surfaces of the lake, like fangs in an open jaw.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Not two little mice to be put back into their cages, but the tiger cat, all claws and fangs!
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Against those fangs the weapon was an almost useless toy, but it was all he had.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Ting-fang sends his most respectful love, and all my household join in sending thee good wishes.
"My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard" by Elizabeth Cooper
All I have is a short knife blade against four sharp fangs, and you are as brave as the devil himself.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor

In poetry:

She inheriting from many
Bleeding mothers bleeding sense
Feels 'twixt her and sharp-fanged nature
Honour first did plant the fence.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
He praised her teeth, that were small and white
As lilies upon his lawn,
While I remembered a tiger's fangs
That met in a speckled fawn.
"Among The Rice Fields" by Laurence Hope
With wild despair's reverted eye,
Close, close behind, he marks the throng,
With bloody fangs and eager cry;
In frantic fear he scours along.—
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
Lies from the specialist
Give t'old ones a newer twist
Harder to untie.
Here comes the hired gang
Blood on each tired fang
Covered with lip-stick.
"Alf’s Sixth Bit" by Ezra Pound
And never a king but had some king above,
And never a law to right the wrongs of Love,
And ever a fanged snake beneath a dove,
Saw I on earth, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
I thought of the war-wolves on our trail,
Their gaunt fangs sluiced with gouts of blood;
Till the Past, in a dead, mesmeric veil,
Drooped with a wizard flood
"The Cameo Bracelet" by James Ryder Randall

In news:

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson.
Witchburn, Red Fang take no prisoners at Bumbershoot.
Author Kevin Wilson on The Family Fang .
Wait till you meet the incredibly dysfunctional Fangs.
Annie Fang is an actress, and the director of the film she's working on asks her to shoot a scene topless.
Kevin Wilson's 'The Family Fang ' has fun till someone gets hurt.
Review of 'The Family Fang ' by Kevin Wilson.
Kevin Wilson's debut novel, "The Family Fang ," can give you either approach – or both.
A Delightful Portrait Of The Screwball 'Family Fang '.
Kevin Wilson's 'The Family Fang ,' reviewed by Ron Charles.
Milwaukee's tool rep dropped off some samples of the all new "AX Sawzall blade" with a new Fang Tip and new teeth design called Nail Guard.
"The Family Fang ," by Kevin Wilson.
There's a lesson to be found in the new Red Fang video.
The Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation will host Liu Fang , a virtuoso on the Chinese pipa and guzheng, next Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fang Island, High Noon Saloon, Nov 11th.

In science:

In [WF97], Winker and Fang used threshold accepting to find lower bounds for the star discrepancy.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
As the algorithm of Winker and Fang ours is based on threshold accepting but adds more problem specific knowledge to it.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
In Section 2 we describe the algorithm of Winker and Fang.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
The most important difference to the algorithm of Winker and Fang is a new non-uniform sampling strategy that takes into account the influence of the dimension d and topological characteristics of the given point set.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
The data for Winker and Fang is for our re-implementation of the algorithm; the original results for the same instances can be found in [WF97].
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy