Definitions of jaw

  1. To scold; to clamor.
  2. chew the fat; shoot the breeze
  3. chew ( food); " He jawed his bubble gum"; " Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; " The cows were masticating the grass"
  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 socially without exchanging too much information; " the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
  7. One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth.
  8. Hence, also, the bone itself with the teeth and covering.
  9. In the plural, the mouth.
  10. 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.
  11. A notch or opening.
  12. A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an object in place; as, the jaw of a railway- car pedestal. See Axle guard.
  13. 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.
  14. The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
  15. Impudent or abusive talk.
  16. Either of the bones of the mouth in which the teeth are placed; mouth maw.
  17. The bones of the mouth in which the teeth are set: the mouth: anything like a jaw.
  18. Bone in which the teeth are set; mouth; cheek; anything like a jaw.
  19. One of the bones of the mouth in which the teeth are set; also such bone with its attachments.
  20. Anything like or suggesting such an organ, as one of the gripping parts of a vise; often used figuratively; as, the jaws of death.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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