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1    the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth. In higher vertebrates it consists of the upper jaw (maxilla) fused to the cranium and the lower jaw (mandible)  
   Related adjs       gnathal       gnathic  
2    the corresponding part of an invertebrate, esp. an insect  
3    a pair or either of a pair of hinged or sliding components of a machine or tool designed to grip an object  
4    Slang  
a    impudent talk; cheek  
b    idle conversation; chat  
c    moralizing talk; a lecture  
5    intr  
a    to talk idly; chat; gossip  
b    to lecture,   (See also)        jaws  
     (C14: probably from Old French joue cheek; related to Italian gota cheek)  
  jawlike      adj  

glass jaw  
      n     (Boxing, informal)   a jaw that is excessively fragile or susceptible to punches  
lantern jaw  
      n   when pl, refers to upper and lower jaw; when: sing usually to lower jaw   a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance  
  lantern-jawed      adj  
lumpy jaw  
      n     (Vet. science)      a nontechnical name for       actinomycosis  
Moose Jaw  
      n   a city in W Canada, in S Saskatchewan. Pop.: 33593 (1991)  
phossy jaw  
      n   a gangrenous condition of the lower jawbone caused by prolonged exposure to phosphorus fumes  
     (C19: phossy, colloquial shortening of phosphorus)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    babble, chat, chatter, chew the fat or rag     (slang)   gossip, lecture, run off at the mouth     (slang)   spout, talk  
2    abuse, censure, criticize, revile, scold  
3    chat, chinwag     (Brit. informal)   conversation, gabfest     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   gossip, natter, talk  

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