jaw

noun
\ ˈjȯ How to pronounce jaw (audio) \

Definition of jaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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: such as
a : either of two or more opposable parts that open and close for holding or crushing something between them
b : one of the sides of a narrow pass or channel
3a : a space lying between or as if between open jaws escaped from out of the jaws of the whale
b : a position or situation in which one is threatened rode into the jaws of danger
4 : a friendly chat

jaw

verb
jawed; jawing; jaws

Definition of jaw (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to talk especially abusively, indignantly, or long-windedly jawing with the referee

transitive verb

: to talk to in a scolding or boring manner

Other Words from jaw

Noun

jawless \ ˈjȯ-​ləs How to pronounce jaw (audio) \ adjective
jawless vertebrates

Examples of jaw in a Sentence

Noun He broke his upper jaw. the jaws of a tiger the jaws of a vise Verb The coach was jawing with the referee. She was on the phone jawing with her sister all night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Frost disclosed after the game that Martinez has been playing with a broken jaw since late September and high ankle sprain since mid-October. Eric Olson, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 Montez Sweat is reportedly expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured jaw. Emily Iannaconi, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 The war left him with a missing jaw, and more than $30,000 in medical bills over four years trying to fix it. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2021 Pompeo was shooting a scene for the end of the episode in which her character, Dr. Meredith Grey, is asked to listen to an apology from a man who seriously injured her, leaving her with a broken jaw. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Bowman, 46, wound up in the hospital with a broken jaw, busted ribs and head gash. NBC News, 25 Aug. 2021 Four officers were hurt; one was hospitalized with head trauma and a broken nose, another with a broken jaw and fractured vertebrae in his neck. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Marco looks like a movie star—he is tanned, with a firm jaw, thick dark hair, and a long, symmetrical face. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Today, Giuliana is recovering from the crash with a broken jaw and several facial cuts, WBZ-TV reported. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fans who are used to jaw-dropping quarterback play would have to get used to average play from a middling veteran or inconsistent play from Love. Tom Silverstein, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 Both players were eventually separated, though the bad blood spilled into the postgame locker room, as both players continued to jaw at each other. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 When the Battle of Ohio’s venue is at Paul Brown Stadium on Oct. 25, more Browns and Bengals fans will be able to jaw at each other. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2020 Bertin and Forbes ditch most of the gumshoes, sending just a pair of them (Pauline, jut-jawed Brennan) on a fresh and equally loopy adventure. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2020 Yasiel Puig, who had just been traded to the Indians, continued to jaw at Pirates players as he was being pulled away from the dugout. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, 30 July 2019 With the Clippers leading by 17 points - their largest lead at 65-48 in the second quarter - Ben McLemore shoved Patrick Beverley from behind and Beverley shoved him back before Russell Westbrook pulled them apart after both had been jawing plenty. Jill Painter Lopez, Houston Chronicle, 20 Dec. 2019 In addition to Green’s ejection, center Marquese Chriss was assessed a technical foul midway through the third quarter for jawing with referee Ken Mauer. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 27 Feb. 2020 Center Marquese Chriss was ejected in the waning seconds after jawing at midcourt with Utah center Tony Bradley, a fitting end to an ugly night. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of jaw

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1748, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for jaw

Noun

Middle English

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The first known use of jaw was in the 14th century

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jaw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either one of the two bones of the face where teeth grow
: the lower part of a person's face
: two parts of a machine or tool that open and close to hold or crush something

jaw

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk in an angry way or for a very long time

jaw

noun
\ ˈjȯ How to pronounce jaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of jaw

1 : either of an upper or lower bony structure that supports the soft parts of the mouth and usually bears teeth on its edge and of which the lower part is movable
2 : a part of an invertebrate animal (as an insect) that resembles or does the work of a human jaw
3 : one of a pair of moving parts that open and close for holding or crushing something Tighten the jaws of the vise.

jaw

noun
\ ˈjȯ How to pronounce jaw (audio) \

Medical Definition of jaw

1 : either of two complex cartilaginous or bony structures in most vertebrates that border the mouth, support the soft parts enclosing it, and usually bear teeth on their oral margin:
a : an upper structure more or less firmly fused with the skull

called also upper jaw, maxilla

b : a lower structure that consists of a single bone or of completely fused bones and that is hinged, movable, and articulated by a pair of condyles with the temporal bone of either side

called also inferior maxillary bone, lower jaw, mandible

2 : the parts constituting the walls of the mouth and serving to open and close it usually used in plural
3 : any of various organs of invertebrates that perform the function of the vertebrate jaws

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