Adjective "jaw" definition and examples

(Jaw may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dʒɔː/

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Definitions and examples

noun

Each of the upper and lower bony structures in vertebrates forming the framework of the mouth and containing the teeth.
  1. 'The lower jaw of the haddock is slightly shorter than the upper jaw and the fish has a small single barbel.'
  2. 'Massive carnivorous dinosaurs known as spinosaurs had snouts and jaws similar to modern fish-eating crocodiles.'
  3. 'Most diprotodonts have three pairs of incisors in their upper jaws, but this number is reduced to one pair in one family, the wombats.'
  4. 'Humans may have learned about what a high fat, high protein meal the marrow was from the hyenas, who could crush bones with their jaws.'
  5. 'The dental arch of the lower jaw is in a state of mesial occlusion with that of the upper jaw.'
  6. 'The primary skeletal difference between reptiles and mammals is found in the structure of their jaws.'
  7. 'See how a mother alligator protects her newborn hatchlings in her otherwise deadly jaws, and learn what dangers the babies face in the wild.'
  8. 'Six of these measurements capture cranial shape, and eight capture dental adaptations of both the upper and the lower jaw.'
  9. 'Capybaras are classified with the hystricognaths, but their jaws appear to have secondarily become almost sciurognathous.'
  10. 'The jaw is undershot, which means the lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.'
  11. 'He almost died, and had to crawl his way to help despite broken bones and a shattered jaw.'
  12. 'The sergeant's jaw dropped and it looked as if he was trying to strike Manny dead with a lightning bolt from his gaping mouth.'
  13. 'He suffered a broken femur, broken jaw and broken cheekbone.'
  14. 'She had to have reconstructive surgery at the weekend to repair a broken jaw and damage to her eye sockets.'
  15. 'Mr Napier said the man suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw and a suspected fractured skull.'
  16. 'He received crush injuries, a fractured skull and a broken jaw and spent 11 days in hospital.'
  17. 'The 28-year-old victim suffered a broken jaw and black eyes, among other injuries.'
  18. 'Perret claimed to have found that his beautiful faces did have something in common: higher cheek bones, a thinner jaw, and larger eyes relative to the size of the face.'
  19. 'The implant material, made of highly biocompatible titanium, is inserted into the bone of the jaw.'
  20. 'In 1992 Gareth was offered the chance to have his jaw reconstructed, using bone from his leg, at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.'
  21. 'My cousin's jaw dropped and he said ‘how does a bin man know Bill Wyman?’'
  22. 'Joshua removed his staff to begin his assault on the beast; the creatures jaws snapped like a vice grip before him.'
  23. 'For one thing, the average WAFR is around the same size as a Labrador, with front teeth some four inches long, and jaws capable of crushing human bone.'
  24. 'Termites rush to a breach in their nest and clamp their jaws onto the snout of a marauding anteater, almost guaranteeing their own death.'
  25. 'The termites use their jaws to turn the woody plant material and soil they bore through into tiny particles that the microbes can process.'
  26. 'Scolecodonts are the isolated jaws of polychaete annelid worms.'
  27. 'The buccal mass of cephalopods includes a pair of jaws termed beaks that are used to masticate prey.'
  28. 'We got the guys from the motor pool to weld a gun mount on the outside of the cupola - the brace on my mount was a huge wrench with thee-inch jaws.'
  29. 'Make sure the jaws of the wrench or pliers are snug in position before you manipulate the handle, to avoid slippage or scraped knuckles.'
  30. 'Cover the jaws of wrenches or vices with electrician's tape.'
  31. 'This adds up to more than 500 million people, who have been saved from the jaws of oppression and dominance.'
  32. 'Keighley Town grasped victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to a brilliant last minute individual try from Man of the Match Neil Kennedy.'
  33. 'As many as 750 children have been rescued by Vathsalya from the jaws of despair, and perhaps death, some of them only a few months old.'
  34. 'From the jaws of the ferry in Tårs you are quickly led away from the cars and out through Sandby.'
  35. 'The steel jaws of the traps, which will catch any animal or person walking in the bush, are ostensibly for use against jackals but are often used by poachers to trap game.'
Talk or gossip, especially when lengthy or tedious.

    verb

    Talk at length; chatter.
    1. 'By the end, they're just something to jaw about by the campfire.'
    2. 'Most evenings as I'm coming home from work, Steve is out in front of the store, jawing with anyone who'll give him a minute of his or her time, cussing up a storm, flirting with all the women, and exhorting everyone to go in and buy stuff.'
    3. 'Doesn't it strike anyone as odd that we keep jawing away on ‘innocent until proven guilty’ but mainly about the high-flyers?'

    More definitions

    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. jaws, anything resembling a pair of jaws or evoking the concept of grasping and holding: the jaws of a gorge; the jaws of death.

    4. Machinery. one of two or more parts, as of a machine, that grasp or hold something: the jaws of a vise. any of two or more protruding parts for attaching

    More examples(as adjective)

    "fragments can be jaw."

    Origin

    (jaw)Late Middle English: from Old French joe ‘cheek, jaw’, of unknown origin.

    Phrase

    one's jaw drops