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

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Other Words from jaw

Noun

jawless \ ˈjȯ-​ləs How to pronounce jawless (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

Mouth agape, jaw on the floor, every hair standing up … that was the feeling watching Vlad Jr. out-do the Derby legends of Ken Griffey Jr. and Josh Hamilton and Giancarlo Stanton by murdering nearly a hundred baseballs. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Why Isn't Mookie Betts a Household Name? It's Complicated," 16 July 2019 Their teeth and jaw are quite a nasty duo, with a great white shark has the bite power of nearly 17,790 newtons (about 4,000 pounds per square inch). Erin Davis And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink 'Jaws'," 14 July 2019 Instead, Corey Binns writes in a separate Live Science article, snakes utilize two lower jaws that move independently of each other but are connected by an elastic ligament. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "See a Python Swallow a Crocodile Whole," 12 July 2019 Court records say the child suffered fractures to his head, both legs, jaw and four ribs. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Phoenix mother arrested after admitting to striking 2-month-old's head with formula bottle," 10 July 2019 Yet the leaves, while more substantial than silky, are still delicate enough that eating them doesn’t feel like an unpleasant jaw exercise. Bon Appétit, "Oregano is For So Much More Than Pizza," 9 July 2019 Lucroy was injured in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 11-10 loss when the Astros’ Jake Marisnick knocked his shoulder into the catcher’s jaw on an attempt to score. SFChronicle.com, "Astros’ Justin Verlander tells ESPN that baseballs are juiced, ‘100 percent’," 8 July 2019 Lucroy was injured in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 11-10 loss when the Astros’ Jake Marisnick knocked his shoulder into the catcher’s jaw on an attempt to score. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy sustains a concussion and a broken nose in plate collision," 8 July 2019 In the episode, Chestnut explained his training regimen before eating contests, including strengthening his jaw muscles by chewing a ball and lifting small weights with his teeth. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s Joey Chestnut wins 12th hot dog eating title," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rung up in the third inning, Smith jawed at Rehak on his way back to the dugout. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Jose Suarez’s second start for Angels marred by inconsistent strike zone," 9 June 2019 But publicly, the two men seem to enjoy jawing at each other like a pair of prizefighters. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden Bets on Being the Anti-Trump Candidate," 12 June 2019 By the time Muncy was rounding first, the two were jawing at each other. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Bumgarner gives up Muncy home run and nothing else, Dodgers win," 9 June 2019 Ohio State’s Keyshawn Woods and Houston’s DeJon Jarreau were issued technical fouls after the teams jawed at midcourt. Cliff Brunt, The Seattle Times, "Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years," 25 Mar. 2019 The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson , then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. Janie Mccauley, courant.com, "Warriors Withstand James' 51 Points To Win NBA Finals Game 1," 1 June 2018 Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland jawed at Brinson on his way out of the game. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dan Straily drops appeal to begin suspension; Don Mattingly serving one-game ban Tuesday," 26 June 2018 Things remained heated after the loose ball, with a hard foul at the other end leading to players from both teams jawing and shoving one another. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Heat's Justise Winslow gets stitches above eye, returns to Game 4 vs. 76ers," 21 Apr. 2018 Valbuena flung his bat in protest of the call, jawing with home plate umpire Chris Conroy, who showed remarkable restraint to not eject him while the Angels lineup turned over. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Justin Verlander reaches historic milestone in shutout win over Angels," 17 May 2018

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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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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)

informal : 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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