jaw


jaw

noun

  1. either of two bones, the mandible or maxilla, forming the framework of the mouth.
  2. the part of the face covering these bones, the mouth, or the mouth parts collectively: My jaw is swollen.
  3. jaws, anything resembling a pair of jaws or evoking the concept of grasping and holding: the jaws of a gorge; the jaws of death.
  4. Machinery.
    1. one of two or more parts, as of a machine, that grasp or hold something: the jaws of a vise.
    2. any of two or more protruding parts for attaching to or meshing with similar parts.
  5. Often jaws. Also called throat. Nautical. a forked piece at the end of a gaff, fitting halfway around the mast.
  6. Slang.
    1. idle talk; chatter.
    2. impertinent talk.

verb (used without object)

  1. Slang.
    1. to talk; chat; gossip.
    2. to scold or use abusive language.

verb (used with object)

  1. Slang. to scold.

noun

  1. a swelling wave of water; billow.

verb (used without object)

  1. (of liquid) to surge, splash, or dash forward, as in waves.

verb (used with object)

  1. to pour or splash (liquid).

noun

  1. the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth. In higher vertebrates it consists of the upper jaw (maxilla) fused to the cranium and the lower jaw (mandible)Related adjectives: gnathal, gnathic
  2. the corresponding part of an invertebrate, esp an insect
  3. a pair or either of a pair of hinged or sliding components of a machine or tool designed to grip an object
  4. slang
    1. impudent talk; cheek
    2. idle conversation; chat
    3. moralizing talk; a lecture

verb

  1. (intr) slang
    1. to talk idly; chat; gossip
    2. to lecture
n.

late 14c., “the bones of the mouth,” perhaps from Old French joue “cheek,” from Gaulish *gauta “cheek,” or perhaps a variant of Germanic words related to chew (q.v.); cf. also jowl. Replaced Old English ceace, ceafl.

v.

1610s, “to catch in the jaws, devour,” from jaw (n.). In slang from 1748, “to gossip, to speak” 1810, “to scold.” Related: Jawed; jawing. Hence 19c. U.S. slang jawsmith “talkative person” (1887).

n.

  1. Either of two bony structures that form the framework of the mouth and hold the teeth.
  2. The mandible or maxilla or the part of the face covering these bones.

  1. Either of two bony or cartilaginous structures that in most vertebrate animals form the framework of the mouth, hold the teeth, and are used for biting and chewing food. The lower, movable part of the jaw is the mandible. The upper, fixed part is the maxilla.
  2. Any of various structures of invertebrate animals, such as the pincers of spiders or mites, that function similarly to the jaws of vertebrates.

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