• WordNet 3.6
    • v jawbone talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    • n jawbone the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
    • v. t. & i jawbone 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; as, to jawbone businessmen into forgoing price increases.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jawbone Any bone of the jaws, as a maxillary or mandibular bone; especially, a bone of the lower jaw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Jawbone the bone of the jaw, in which the teeth are set
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old spelling chaw, akin to chew.


In literature:

It gashed Grim Hagen from the lower corner of his chin clear back to the jawbone.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The nose was short and emphatic, the jawbone salient.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
I could crack my jawbones a-gasping!
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Jawbones was, I think we must say, an old-world house, and had the date 1623 carved over the doorway.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
The blow laid open his cheek against the jawbone, but Gore scarcely slowed as he swerved.
"In the Orbit of Saturn" by Roman Frederick Starzl
Disease of the jawbones is at best a very serious matter and treatment is liable to be of no avail.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The slender fingers were probing upward, behind his jawbone, and he was choking.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
He felt like Cain and wished he could kill this man with the jawbone of his own ass.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
This oil in the whale's head, which may be a third as big as his body, helps to float the great jawbones.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
He held up a human jawbone, inlaid with gold.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine

In poetry:

Will he mark out each divers track of thought,
The irk of love, and all the anguish there?
And will the pallid jawbone tell him aught
Of laurels that this brow was fain to wear?
"Brooding" by Josef Svatopluk Machar
Man of my flesh, the jawbone riven,
Know now the flesh's lock and vice,
And the cage for the scythe-eyed raver.
Know, O my bone, the jointed lever,
Fear not the screws that turn the voice,
And the face to the driven lover.
"All All And All" by Dylan Thomas
For 'orses they are 'orses, but a mule 'e is a mule
(Bit o' monkey, bit o' devil, bit o' bloomin' fool!)
Oh, I'm usin' 'eaps o' adjectives I never learned at school
On the rampin', raw-boned, cast-steel jawboned Army Transport Mule!
"Mules" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The concert with Jawbone starts at 8PM and we have your back stage passes.
ORANJESTAD, ARUBA — Aruban prosecutors say a jawbone found by a tourist on a beach does not belong to missing Mountain Brook teen Natalee Holloway who disappeared on the island in 2005 during a post-graduation trip with fellow students.
Other presidents ' jawbone ,' but Obama 'extorts'.
Playing It Cool With a Jawbone in Your Ear.
Jawbone 's Latest Headset is Smaller Skinnier Sexier.
Jawbone , the one-man blues band, phones it in from Detroit, MI.
Part of the jawbone had died and become exposed.
Investigators say a skull and jawbone found in a California trash bin may be part of a religious death shrine.
Brian Lonas and Torina Moore were united in marriage on May 22 at JawBone Park in Buckhannon.
An insider in the Bush administration told Barron's that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "are being jawboned" by the Treasury Department and their new regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to raise more equity.
Sawbones vs Jawbones July 28, 2011.
In the "What Else is New" department, it was doctors battling against lawyers at the Sawbones vs Jawbones softball game at Holman Stadium.
Sawbones vs Jawbones July 28, 2011.
OXNARD, Calif — Investigators say a skull and jawbone found in a California trash bin may be part of a religious death shrine.
Jawbone's UP activity-monitoring wristbands have been failing at an alarming rate.