Definition of jaw

  1. jaw Noun One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth.
  2. jaw Noun Anything resembling the jaw of an animal in form or action; especially plural, the mouth or way of entrance; as, the jaws of a pass; the jaws of darkness; the jaws of death.
  3. jaw Noun A notch or opening.
  4. jaw Noun A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an object in place; as, the jaw of a railway-car pedestal. See Axle guard.
  5. jaw Noun One of a pair of opposing parts which are movable towards or from each other, for grasping or crushing anything between them, as, the jaws of a vise, or the jaws of a stone-crushing machine.
  6. jaw Noun The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
  7. jaw Noun Impudent or abusive talk.
  8. jaw Noun Axle guard.
  9. jaw Verb To assail or abuse by scolding.
  10. jaw Verb To scold; to clamor.
  11. jaw Verb To talk; to converse.
  12. jaw Verb (of a ball) To stick in the jaws of a pocket.
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