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Definition of Jaw


  1. One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth.
  2. Hence, also, the bone itself with the teeth and covering.
  3. In the plural, the mouth.
  4. Fig.: Anything resembling the jaw of an animal in form or action; esp., pl., the mouth or way of entrance; as, the jaws of a pass; the jaws of darkness; the jaws of death.
  5. A notch or opening.
  6. A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an object in place; as, the jaw of a railway-car pedestal. See Axle guard.
  7. 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.
  8. The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
  9. Impudent or abusive talk.
  10. To scold; to clamor.
  11. To assail or abuse by scolding.

Jaw Quotations

Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
Joan Lunden

The key is just to ignore the pain, because physical comedy only works if you see someone get hurt and they aren't actually hurt. If someone gets hit in the face with a bat, falls down, and gets back up, it's funny. If they stay down and their jaw is wired shut in the next scene, it's really tragic and weird. You have to pretend it doesn't hurt.
Chris Pratt

You'll never have any trouble with Mr. T, I'm just a big, calm teddy bear kind of guy. Mr. T ain't ashamed to cry. When I go out and I meet people who are suffering and they come and talk to me, Mr. T cries, Mr. T who could break a man's jaw with his fist.
Mr. T

Normally, we are happy to find a fragment of jaw, a few isolated teeth, a bit of an arm, a bit of a skull. But to find associated body parts is extremely rare.
Donald Johanson

The myth that people with epilepsy swallow their tongues is very injurious. When I had seizures without my roommates present, I would often wake up with my gums bleeding, my teeth hurting or my jaw aching. Often, well-intentioned people, believing I would choke on my tongue, tried to force open my clenched jaw to put in a hard object.
Kurt Eichenwald
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Jaw Translations

jaw in Dutch is kaak, kakement
jaw in German is Kiefer, Klemmbacke
jaw in Norwegian is kjeve, kjefte, gap, skravle
jaw in Portuguese is queixada, maxila
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