chew

Definitions

  • When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375
    When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chew chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth "He jawed his bubble gum","Chew your food and don't swallow it!","The cows were masticating the grass"
    • n chew biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
    • n chew a wad of something chewable as tobacco
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People have the tendency to chew the food on the side that they most often use their hand
    • n Chew That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud.
    • chew To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate.
    • v. i Chew To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth; to ruminate; to meditate. "old politicians chew wisdom past."
    • chew To ruminate mentally; to meditate on. "He chews revenge, abjuring his offense.""Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Singapore, it is illegal to sell or own chewing gum
    • chew To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate, as food, preparatory to swallowing and digestion.
    • chew Figuratively, to ruminate on in the thoughts; meditate on.
    • chew Synonyms Bite, Gnaw, etc. See eat.
    • chew To perform the act of biting and grinding with the teeth; champ; ruminate. Specifically
    • chew To press or grind tobacco between the teeth for the sake of its flavor or stimulating effects.
    • chew Figuratively, to meditate; reflect.
    • n chew That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at one time; especially, a quid of tobacco.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An American chews an average of 300 sticks of gum in a year
    • v.t Chew chōō to cut and bruise with the teeth: to masticate:
    • n Chew action of chewing: a quid of tobacco
    • v.t Chew chōō (fig.) to meditate, reflect
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Quotations

  • Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
    Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
    “America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.”
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”
  • Robert E. Lee
    Robert%20E.%20Lee
    “I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.”
  • Swedish Proverb
    Swedish Proverb
    “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.”
  • Delbert Mcclinton
    Delbert Mcclinton
    “It ain't what you eat, but the way how you chew it.”

Idioms

Bite off more than you can chew - If you bite off more than you can chew, you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. 'Don't bite off more than you can chew' is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle.
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Chew on a bone - If someone is chewing on a bone, he or she is thinking about something intently.
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Chew the cud - If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something.
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Chew the fat - If you chew the fat with someone, you talk at leisure with them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
As ceówan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen,. Cf. Chaw Jaw
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ceówan; Ger. kauen; cf. Jaw.

Usage

In literature:

WHEN envy catches a victim she places an evil eye in his mind, gives him a cud to chew, and then sends him gadding.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Chewing on a cud of tobacco, Ed answered the knock on his front door.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He chews and chews and chews.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
After it became an effort to chew, and impossible to swallow, we washed the dishes and gathered around the blazing fire.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
Did you ever see anyone try to talk and chew at the same time or forget to shut his mouth while he was chewing?
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
But while they stopped and waited for him to proceed, Bumper chewed away at his carrot until it was all gone.
"Bumper, The White Rabbit" by George Ethelbert Walsh
It bites bits out of the leaves and chews them up very fast.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Nor did it take Kars a second to realize that the latter mutilation was due to chewing by some adversary in a "rough and tumble" fight.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Ashe made a deliberate process of chewing and swallowing before he replied.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Cultivate the habit of eating zwieback, hard crackers or other hard food substances that require real vigorous chewing.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
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In poetry:

A heavy silence seemed to steal
On all at this remark;
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed a piece of bark.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
The Chief Defect of Henry King
Was chewing little bits of String.
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in ugly Knots inside.
"Henry King,{ Who chewed bits of String, and was cut off in Dreadful Agonies}" by Hilaire Belloc
The logic of the thing's so plain:
To legislate on tram and train
Can't dig a single, blighted spud
Or help one milker chew her cud.
"Asking Too Much" by C J Dennis
While round the church in clothes genteel
Discoursed the men of mark,
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed his piece of bark.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
And then he tried to sing "All's Well,"
But could not though he tried;
His head was turn'd, and so he chew'd
His pigtail till he died.
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
The night is still. The slow cows chew
A drowsy cud. The bird that flew
And sang is in its nest.
It is the time of falling dew,
Of dreams and rest.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Goldenberg's Peanut Chews are the favorite candy of Jeffrey Ziga, co-owner of locally produced, small-batch Little Baby's Ice Cream.
The Orange County native, who is also the co-owner of A Restaurant in Newport Beach, talks cilantro, coffee, Charleston Chew and more.
Medicated Chewing Gum Stops Motion Sickness.
Whether in toothpaste, chewing gum or candies, the minty taste of the world's most-sold flavor ingredient, menthol , can be found in countless everyday products.
The number one brand of smokeless chewing tobacco is leveraging more than 100 years of experience producing the highest quality tobacco products to delight consumers with something new–a line of premium moist snuff.
John McDaniel chewed and licked his lips after his first taste of the namesake lunch at Ron Dao's Piri-Piri Flame Grilled Chicken & Salad in San Carlos Park.
Medicated Chewing Gum Stops Motion Sickness .
Until she was caught chewing inside a Metro station.
I would love to grow my own nails, but when I get worked up or nervous, I chew until I have stubs.
For $100,000 you can chew over money markets with the philanthropic financier.
The fish at Mayfair Mall were continuing to chew on toes Wednesday, but that might end soon, a state official said.
When you think of a farmer, you may picture an old curmudgeon in overalls and straw hat squinting out at a bucolic pasture, chewing a piece of grass as he slaps wildly at flying pests.
Chris Gonzo catches up on Summit County news with the SDN while taking a break from harvesting taro in the Mock Chew's taro fields down in Waipio Valley.
This mechanical dinosaur - which is actually about the length of a Tyrannosaurus Rex - is lumbering along 3rd St S in downtown Minneapolis chewing up and spitting out asphalt.
Jerry Tarkanian chewing on a towel became a common occurrence during his 19-season tenure as the Rebels head coach.
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In science:

Double adiabatic equilibria can be obtained in the framework of the Chew Goldberger Low equations of state : Pk = Sk (ψ)ρ3/B 2 and P⊥ = S⊥ (ψ)ρB where Sk and S⊥ are arbitrary surface quantities.
On non existence of tokamak equilibria with purely poloidal flow
Geoffrey Chew (my thesis advisor) and Stanley Mandelstam were highly influential leaders.
The Early Years of String Theory: A Personal Perspective
Chew. A simple randomized linear time algorithm for computing the Vorono¨ı diagram of a convex polygon.
Randomization yields simple O(n log star n) algorithms for difficult Omega(n) problems
It should be pointed out that the Green tensor has been available for a large variety of configurations such as planarly, spherically, and cylindrically multilayered media [Tai (1994); Chew (1995)].
Spontaneous Decay in the Presence of Absorbing Media
Also shown for the pion are pQCD predictions and QCD sum rule predictions, neither of which come even close to the measured values, which says that here is now something real for theorists to chew on.
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics
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