Meaning of jaw


Pronunciation: ( jô), [key]
— 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. anything resembling a pair of jaws or evoking the concept of grasping and holding: the jaws of a gorge; the jaws of death.
  4. the jaws of a vise.
    1. one of two or more parts, as of a machine, that grasp or hold something:the jaws of a vise.
    2. any of two or more protruding parts for attaching to or meshing with similar parts.
  5. Often,Also calleda forked piece at the end of a gaff, fitting halfway around the mast.
    1. idle talk; chatter.
    2. impertinent talk.
    1. to talk; chat; gossip.
    2. to scold or use abusive language.
  1. to scold.


Pronunciation: ( jô), [key]
— Scot. and North Eng. Scot. and North Eng.
  1. a swelling wave of water; billow.
  1. (of liquid) to surge, splash, or dash forward, as in waves.
  1. to pour or splash (liquid).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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