Meaning of JAW in English


jaw 1

— jawless , adj.

/jaw/ , n.

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. Mach.

a. one of two or more parts, as of a machine, that grasp or hold something: the jaws of a vise.

b. any of two or more protruding parts for attaching to or meshing with similar parts.

5. Often, jaws . Also called throat . Naut. a forked piece at the end of a gaff, fitting halfway around the mast.

6. Slang.

a. idle talk; chatter.

b. impertinent talk.


7. Slang.

a. to talk; chat; gossip.

b. to scold or use abusive language.


8. Slang. to scold.

[ 1325-75; ME jawe, jowe joue; orig. uncert. ]

jaw 2

/jaw/ , Scot. and North Eng.


1. a swelling wave of water; billow.


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


3. to pour or splash (liquid).

[ 1505-15; perh. akin to JAUP ]

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