Definitions of jaw

  1. chew the fat; shoot the breeze
  2. chew ( food); " He jawed his bubble gum"; " Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; " The cows were masticating the grass"
  3. holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object
  4. the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
  5. the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
  6. talk incessantly and tiresomely
  7. talk socially without exchanging too much information; " the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
  8. One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth.
  9. Hence, also, the bone itself with the teeth and covering.
  10. In the plural, the mouth.
  11. 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.
  12. A notch or opening.
  13. A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an object in place; as, the jaw of a railway- car pedestal. See Axle guard.
  14. 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.
  15. The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
  16. Impudent or abusive talk.
  17. To scold; to clamor.
  18. Either of the bones of the mouth in which the teeth are placed; mouth maw.
  19. The bones of the mouth in which the teeth are set: the mouth: anything like a jaw.
  20. Bone in which the teeth are set; mouth; cheek; anything like a jaw.
  21. One of the bones of the mouth in which the teeth are set; also such bone with its attachments.
  22. Anything like or suggesting such an organ, as one of the gripping parts of a vise; often used figuratively; as, the jaws of death.
  23. The bones of the mouth in which the teeth are fixed; the mouth; anything like the jaw; the inner end of a boom or gaff.
  24. A structure of vertebrates supported by bone or cartilage, naked or sheathed in horn, or bearing teeth or horny plates, forming part of the mouth, and helping to open or shut it; in invertebrates, a similarly placed structure.

Usage examples for jaw

  1. Jimmy's jaw dropped as he gazed at Lady Blunt's rope of pearls. – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. " Well I call that a real compliment," said the driver slowly and deliberately because of his jaw going on rolling. – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  3. With fallen jaw and staring eyes he looked at the weapon in his hand. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  4. Tod's jaw closed with an angry click and his face grew resolute and determined. – John Marsh's Millions by Charles Klein Arthur Hornblow
  5. I gather you were a little down in the jaw when you wrote your last. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  6. Then his jaw dropped and he was dead. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  7. Otherwise- The old man's jaw set; his eyes began to gleam angrily. – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  8. Andrews said it so calmly, so quietly, that the agent's jaw drooped. – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  9. From the short length of gripping surface on the jaws of jaw chucks, they are incapable of holding work of any greater length than, say, about 6 inches, without the aid of the dead centre at the other end of the work; but if the dead centre be used in this way the work will be out of true, unless the jaws of the chuck be quite true, which is not always the case, especially after the chuck has been much in use. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. The forehead was low, the lips heavy, the jaw firm. – The Other Fellow by F. Hopkinson Smith
  11. The light shook in his hands, and his jaw fell as he looked at me. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  12. Her vision was still slightly blurred, but she saw that the set of his jaw was stubborn. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  13. Yet Creed set his jaw resolutely, and facing about once more, addressed himself to the situation as it was. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  14. Whatever it was, it made his jaw set hard and brought grave lines into his face. – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  15. At all events he must have thought it, for with open mouth, showing the tremendous teeth in his lower jaw, and head half lifted out of the water, he made directly at us. – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. His lean jaw lifted proudly. – Feline Red by Robert Sampson
  17. If I had, I haven't got time to jaw about it now. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  18. The lower jaw and feet, which were wanting, Eappo told us, had been seized by different chiefs, and that Terreeoboo was using every means to recover them. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  19. His face is blue from jaw to temple. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss