It is a stately dance, whose aim is to slow down the unseemly business of mastication.
Eating should be slow, and mastication of the food thorough, for reasons of health as well as for the sake of appearance.
James, a slow and thorough eater, stopped the process of mastication.
Great lubberly Leicesters or Southdowns are not worth the mastication, so you keep the small black-face.
mastication should be perfect before any water is taken into the mouth.
mastication in connection with soups is an aid to their digestion as well as being more satisfying.
Because mastication is the first process towards the digestion of food.
However, after a time the general awe abated, and soon the Rye Quartet was swamped in a terrific noise of tongues and mastication.
Decayed teeth stopped, and rendered sound and useful in mastication.
Besides, they should be preserved as long as possible, and in the best condition, to aid in mastication.
early 15c., from Old French masticacion and directly from Latin masticationem (nominative masticatio), noun of action from masticare "to chew" (source of Old French maschier, French mâcher), probably from a Greek source related to mastikhan "to gnash the teeth," from PIE *mendh- "to chew" (see mandible).
masticate mas·ti·cate (mās'tĭ-kāt')
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
To chew food.