|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: 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|
|a. impudent talk; cheek|
|b. idle conversation; chat|
|c. moralizing talk; a lecture|
|a. to talk idly; chat; gossip|
|b. to lecture|
|Related: gnathal, gnathic|
|[C14: probably from Old French joue cheek; related to Italian gota cheek]|
Either of two bony structures that form the framework of the mouth and hold the teeth.
The mandible or maxilla or the part of the face covering these bones.
|jaw (jô) Pronunciation Key