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English noun: jaw

1. jaw (body) the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth


Broader (hypernym)bone, os


Narrower (hyponym)chop, jawbone, jowl, lower jaw, lower jawbone, mandible, mandibula, mandibular bone, maxilla, maxillary, submaxilla, upper jaw, upper jawbone


Part holonymalveolar arch, alveolar process, alveolar ridge, gum ridge


Part meronymskull

2. jaw (body) the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth


Broader (hypernym)feature, lineament


Part meronymface, human face

3. jaw (artifact) holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object


Broader (hypernym)holding device


Part meronymalligator clip, bench vise, bulldog clip, chuck, pair of pliers, pliers, plyers, spanner, vise, wrench


English verb: jaw

1. jaw (communication) talk socially without exchanging too much information


SamplesThe men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze.


Synonymschaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, natter, shoot the breeze, visit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse


Narrower (hyponym)jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze

2. jaw (communication) talk incessantly and tiresomely


Synonymsrattle on, yack, yack away, yap away


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

3. jaw (consumption) chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth


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


Synonymschew, manducate, masticate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grate, grind


Narrower (hyponym)champ, champ, chaw, chomp, crunch, gnaw, gum, mumble, munch

4. jaw (communication) censure severely or angrily


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart


Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off









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