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Definition 1: holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object - [noun denoting artifact]

(jaw is a kind of ...) a device for holding something

(... is part of jaw) a clip with a spring that closes the metal jaws

(... is part of jaw) a holding device consisting of adjustable jaws that center a workpiece in a lathe or center a tool in a drill

(... is part of jaw) a gripping hand tool with two hinged arms and (usually) serrated jaws

(... is part of jaw) a holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place

(... is part of jaw) a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt

Definition 2: the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth - [noun denoting body]

(jaw is a kind of ...) rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates

(... is a kind of jaw ) the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth

(... is a kind of jaw ) the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium

(... is a kind of jaw ) a jaw

"I'll hit him on the chops"

(jaw is a part of ...) the part of the upper or lower jawbones in which the teeth are set

(jaw is a part of ...) a ridge that forms the borders of the upper and lower jaws and contains the sockets of the teeth

(... is part of jaw) the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates

Definition 3: the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth - [noun denoting body]

(jaw is a kind of ...) the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin

"an expression of pleasure crossed his features" "his lineaments were very regular"

(... is part of jaw) the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

"he washed his face" "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"

Definition 4: talk socially without exchanging too much information - [verb of communication]

Samples where jaw or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze

Synonyms for jaw in the sense of this definition

(jaw is a kind of ...) carry on a conversation

(... is a kind of jaw ) talk idly or casually and in a friendly way

Definition 5: censure severely or angrily - [verb of communication]

Samples where jaw or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
  • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
  • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

Synonyms for jaw in the sense of this definition

(jaw is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

(... is a kind of jaw ) censure severely

"She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"

(... is a kind of jaw ) reprimand

"She told the misbehaving student off"

Definition 6: talk incessantly and tiresomely - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for jaw in the sense of this definition

(jaw is a kind of ...) express in speech

"She talks a lot of nonsense" "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

Definition 7: chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth - [verb of consumption]

Samples where jaw or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He jawed his bubble gum
  • Chew your food and don't swallow it!
  • The cows were masticating the grass

Synonyms for jaw in the sense of this definition

(jaw is a kind of ...) make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together

"grate one's teeth in anger"

(... is a kind of jaw ) chew noisily

"The boy chomped his sandwich"

(... is a kind of jaw ) chafe at the bit, like horses

(... is a kind of jaw ) grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty

"the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"

(... is a kind of jaw ) chew without swallowing

"chaw tobacco"

(... is a kind of jaw ) chew noisily

"The children crunched the celery sticks"

(... is a kind of jaw ) bite or chew on with the teeth

"gnaw an old cracker"

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