Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bone of the jaw, especially the bone of the lower jaw.
  • intransitive verb To try to influence or pressure through strong persuasion, especially to urge to comply voluntarily.
  • intransitive verb To urge voluntary compliance with official wishes or guidelines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any bone of the jaws, as a maxillary or mandibular bone; especially, a bone of the lower jaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To attempt to influence solely by talking, as contrasted with threatening or inducing by other means, e.g. legislation; esp. to make public appeals in order to influence the behavior of businessmen or labor leaders; -- used especially of the President or other high government officials.
  • noun The bone of either jaw; a maxilla or a mandible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The bone of the lower jaw; the mandible.
  • noun Any of the bones in the lower or upper jaw.
  • verb To talk persistently in persuasion of one or more people to cooperate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
  • noun the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth

Etymologies

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jaw + bone

Examples

Comments

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  • See also recursion.

    October 13, 2007

  • Whenever I see this word, I finish it with "of an ass." Apparently it's a good weapon for doing away with Philistines.

    October 13, 2007