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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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