Meaning of JAW in English


I. ˈjȯ noun

Etymology: Middle English

Date: 14th century


a. : either of two complex cartilaginous or bony structures in most vertebrates that border the mouth, support the soft parts enclosing it, usually bear teeth on their oral margin, and are an upper that is more or less firmly fused with the skull and a lower that is hinged, movable, and articulated with the temporal bone of either side — compare mandible , maxilla

b. : the parts constituting the walls of the mouth and serving to open and close it — usually used in plural

c. : any of various organs of invertebrates that perform the function of the vertebrate jaws

2. : something resembling the jaw of an animal: as

a. : one of the sides of a narrow pass or channel

b. : either of two or more opposable parts that open and close for holding or crushing something between them


a. : a space lying between or as if between open jaws

escaped from out of the jaw s of the whale

b. : a position or situation in which one is threatened

rode into the jaw s of danger

4. : a friendly chat

II. verb

Date: 1748

intransitive verb

: to talk especially abusively, indignantly, or long-windedly

jaw ing with the referee

transitive verb

: to talk to in a scolding or boring manner

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.