Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bone of either jaw; a maxilla or a mandible.
  • v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
  • n. the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth

Etymologies

jaw + bone (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 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

  • See also recursion.

    October 13, 2007