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- n. The process of chewing.
- n. The process of crushing as though chewed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or operation of masticating; chewing, as of food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of chewing; the process of triturating food with the teeth; manducation.
- n. The process of tearing to pieces or kneading, as india-rubber, by means of the masticator.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
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In this class too must be reckoned the teeth, which in some animals have but a single function, namely the mastication of the food, while in others they have an additional office, namely to serve as weapons; as is the case with all animals that have sharp interfitting teeth or that have tusks.
Nuts should be used as a food staple, a major element in the bill of fare, rather than as a dessert, and special care must be taken as to thorough mastication, which is almost equally true of apples, bananas and numerous other fruits which possess a firm flesh.
Barley is not liked by everybody; nevertheless, it is an excellent food and its nature is such that even after long cooking it remains so firm as to require thorough mastication, which is the first great step in the digestion of starchy foods.
The so-called mastication work is taking place at two sites: 22 acres east of Interstate 5 along Antlers Drive and 130 acres west of I-5, north of Doney Creek.
Instead, what you want is the whole clam belly, well coated and properly fried in clean, hot oil, to produce the total joy that comes from the soft, seaworthy oozing revealed upon mastication.
The number [ONE ONLY] they get from all this mastication of data is meaningless.
Its content-analyzing mastication glands find little nutritional value.
The gum-chewing man staring out the window, his mastication amplified by his superb moustache.
I didn't pay much attention, at first, thinking the rabbity mastication motions a tic, probably something rabbits just did.
Today we will hone our intellectual palette on only one facet of this onyx jewel in the vast diaspora of sinister mastication: Cthulhu Cakes