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

Manafort sat at the defense table, at times clenching his jaw, and appearing to swallow hard. Catherine Herridge, Jason Donner, Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Excitement in Manafort trial courtroom as jury deliberates," 20 Aug. 2018 To take a slightly longer view, here are some of the most gorgeous and jaw-dropping Met Gala entrances of all time. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Grand Entrance: Met Gala Décor Throughout the Years," 24 Apr. 2019 Among them are Seville's Alcázar, which has doubled for Dorne, the jaw-dropping Gaztelugatxe (a.k.a. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Game of Thrones," 11 Apr. 2019 The skull recovered from the woods had multiple composite fillings and one root canal involving a tooth of the lower jaw, according to FOX5. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "3D model of head released in hopes of identifying remains found in Georgia woods," 19 Sep. 2018 He initially was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, which led to him having surgery to have a portion of his upper jaw removed in June 2013. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Miami Hurricanes great Jim Kelly to be honored with Jimmy V award at ESPYs," 4 June 2018 The entire fossil remains of the upper part of the dinosaur's jaw, with all its teeth, was found. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Is This Fossil a Baby T. Rex or a Controversial ‘Nano’ Dinosaur?," 30 Mar. 2018 Then in the early 2000s, alarming news reports began to appear linking extended use of bisphosphonates to two uncommon bone problems: a very rare fracture of the femur and an even rarer condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "A Perfect Storm for Broken Bones," 12 Feb. 2018 The woman was also stabbed and suffered a broken jaw, which required facial reconstruction surgery. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Georgia man sentenced to life in prison for Tasering own young children in vicious attack," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the Warriors’ 125-115 victory over New Orleans on Dec. 4, 2017, Durant and Cousins both received ejections with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter after jawing at each other. Mark Medina, sacbee, "‘Y’all going to get along?’ Warriors’ Bell has flashback to Durant-Cousins scuffle," 4 July 2018 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, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors withstand LeBron James' 51 points to win Game 1 of NBA Finals," 31 May 2018 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, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors withstand LeBron James' 51 points to win Game 1 of NBA Finals," 31 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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