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Definition of JAW

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Jaw \Jaw\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Jawed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jawing}.]
     1. To scold; to clamor. [Law] --Smollett.
        [1913 Webster]

     2. To talk idly, long-windedly, or without special purpose. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Jaw \Jaw\ (j[add]), n. [A modification of chaw, formed under the influence of F. joue the cheek. See {Chaw}, {Chew}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. (Anat.)
        (a) One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth. (b) Hence, also, the bone itself with the teeth and covering. (c) In the plural, the mouth. [1913 Webster]

     2. Fig.: Anything resembling the jaw of an animal in form or action; esp., pl., the mouth or way of entrance; as, the jaws of a pass; the jaws of darkness; the jaws of death.
        --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]

     3. (Mach.)
        (a) A notch or opening.
        (b) A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an object in place; as, the jaw of a railway-car pedestal. See {Axle guard}. (b) One of a pair of opposing parts which are movable towards or from each other, for grasping or crushing anything between them, as, the jaws of a vise, or the jaws of a stone-crushing machine. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Naut.) The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast. [1913 Webster]

     5. Impudent or abusive talk. [Slang] --H. Kingsley.

     Syn: lip.
          [1913 Webster]

     {Jaw bit} (Railroad), a bar across the jaws of a pedestal underneath an axle box.

     {Jaw breaker}, a word difficult to pronounce. [Obs.]

     {Jaw rope} (Naut.), a rope which holds the jaws of a gaff to the mast.

     {Jaw tooth}, a molar or grinder; a back tooth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Jaw \Jaw\, v. t.
     To assail or abuse by scolding. [Law]
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "jaw":
     abuse, babble, bark at, baste, bat the breeze, bazoo, beat the gums, berate, betongue, blab, blabber, blacken, blather, blether, carpet, chaps, chat, chatter, chin, chops, clack, clatter, dither, embouchure, execrate, fulminate against, gab, gabble, gas, gibber, gibble-gabble, go on, gob, gossip, gush, haver, jabber, jaws, jowls, kisser, lip, lips, load with reproaches, mandibles, maw, maxilla, mouth, mug, mush, muzzle, natter, oral cavity, palaver, patter, pour forth, prate, prattle, premaxilla, rag, rail, rail at, ramble on, rate, rattle, rattle on, rave against, reel off, revile, run on, sass, sauce, shoot the breeze, spiel, spout, spout off, talk away, talk nonsense, talk on, thunder against, tittle-tattle, tongue-lash, trap, twaddle, twattle, upbraid, vilify, vituperate, waffle, wig, yak, yakkety-yak, yap, yell at, yelp at


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