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  • adj. severe or intense
  • v. Present participle of gnaw.
  • n. A sensation of being gnawed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of continued biting, consuming, or fretting.


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  • The eternal buttresses of the hills stand to the eyes of the fleeting generations as emblems of permanence, and yet winter storms and summer heats, and the slow processes of decay which we call the gnawing of time, are ever working upon them, and changing their forms, and at last they shall pass.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Isaiah and Jeremiah

  • He went home afterwards, a dull pain gnawing at his heart, striving to reconcile


  • As for explaining in specific terms the gnawing agitation she now felt, and which had been the major reason for her leaving the safety of the herd, her small brain could give her no help.


  • She was young, too, though no one guessed it; so the gnawing was the fiercer.

    Life in the Iron-Mills; or, the Korl Woman

  • IT is a weary thing to lie tossing restlessly from side to side, sleepless, through the silent watches of the night, spirit and matter warring against each other -- the sword gnawing and corroding its sheath.

    Frank Fairlegh Scenes From The Life Of A Private Pupil

  • Signs and Symptoms of PUD • Epigastric pain is most common symptom • Pain described as gnawing or burning • May radiate to the back (consider penetration) • Occurs 1-3 hours after meals or at night • Relieved by food, antacids (duodenal), or vomiting (gastric) • Dyspepsia including belching / bloating • Hematemesis or melena with GI bleeding

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  • Graduates who have taken a little too long to leave the nest are said to be "gnawing" on their parents (kenlaozhu).

    The Foreign Devil's Dictionary

  • We are prompted by these definitions to understand insistence as a kind of gnawing annoyance, the tendency of something to keep pointing to itself, to remind us that it is there, that it has never ceased to be there, that it will stay there.

    Introduction: 'The Power is There': Romanticism as Aesthetic Insistence

  • To be contented with the imaginary, and to live as if what we imagine actually existed; to run after illusion, and "not to recognize" reality, is a thing so common that scarcely is it apprehended, and the cry of alarm raised: "Awake to truth, O man!" when the consciousness becomes aware of a kind of gnawing parasite which has wormed itself subtly into our intelligence.

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  • There was a kind of gnawing sensation of thirst within him yet, and as he pass’d a hotel, he bethought him that one little glass of spirits would perhaps be just the thing.

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  • My adjectival use: 'It was a gnawing pain in his foot.'

    August 22, 2011

  • "Such a town as that has to be always moving back, and back, and back because the river's always gnawing at it."

    August 14, 2007