from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To chew (food).
- transitive v. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
- intransitive v. To chew food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To chew (food).
- v. To grind or knead something into a pulp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To grind or crush with, or as with, the teeth and prepare for swallowing and digestion; to chew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grind with the teeth, and prepare for swallowing and digestion; chew: as, to masticate food.
- To prepare for use by cutting or kneading, as with a masticator.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grind and knead
- v. chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
Late Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the past participle stem of post-Classical Latin masticō ("I chew"), from Ancient Greek μαστιχάω (mastikhaō, "I grind the teeth"). (Wiktionary)