masticate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v masticate 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"
    • v masticate grind and knead "masticate rubber"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Masticate To grind or crush with, or as with, the teeth and prepare for swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, to masticate food.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • masticate To grind with the teeth, and prepare for swallowing and digestion; chew: as, to masticate food.
    • masticate To prepare for use by cutting or kneading, as with a masticator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Masticate mas′ti-kāt to chew: to grind with the teeth
    • n Masticate a substance chewed to increase the saliva
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. masticatus, p. p. of masticare, to chew, prob. fr. mastiche, mastic. See Mastic

Usage

In literature:

To be perfectly wholesome, fruit with firm flesh, like plums or apples or cherries, must be thoroughly masticated.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
He finally gave up the attempt at mastication and swallowed the morsel bodily, with a visible gulp.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Well, now, any association with Masticator B. Fellows means Publicity at once for the lucky individual.
"How Doth the Simple Spelling Bee" by Owen Wister
Natural silk, no matter how thoroughly masticated, will retain its fibrous strength.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
When prejudice is overcome by gnawing hunger, a fat rat makes good eating, as I know from actual and enjoyable mastication.
"Reminiscences of a Rebel" by Wayland Fuller Dunaway
Without water to moisten their lips, no one would be able to masticate the last remnants of food.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
He smelt at it for a moment or two, and then, somewhat hesitatingly, closed his teeth upon it and began to masticate it.
"Through Veld and Forest" by Harry Collingwood
Watch a monkey eating nuts and see how thoroughly he masticates each particle.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
Day was fairly broke when he had ended the process of mastication, and he bethought him of descending from the rock to arouse the sleepers.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
I knew of some silkworms once that died from sheer exhaustion because they were given food that was too tough for them to masticate.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
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In poetry:

Smith bit the h off short and ate it;
Griggs from the thoug chewed off the g;
Brown snapped off u to masticate it,
And tho alone was left for three.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler
Even as I gazed, a thrill of the maxilla,
And a lateral movement of the condyloid process,
With post-pliocene sounds of healthy mastication,
Ground the teeth together.
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
For having spread her simple board
With grapes, and peaches, milk, and flowers,
She strewed sweet mastic o'er the sward,
And waited through the bridal hours
Step of her lord.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Friend, there's a hope for me and you:
Let us resolve to chew and chew
With molars strong;
The man who learns to masticate
With patience may control his fate,
His life prolong.
"Cows" by Robert W Service
Thence flaws of song, with charming chords between,
Swept through the olive groves and dusky vines,
And through the mastic and Aleppo pines
To the rose-bannered garden walls of Mitylene.
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson
And this cur who bragged he'd dallied with the fairest of the fair
Had left them on their beam-ends - social wrecks
Who couldn't chew sufficiently to masticate his food
For he'd worn his teeth out biting barmaids' necks.
"The Dampoor Express" by Billy Bennett

In news:

It was Sunday, shortly before daybreak, last Labor Day eve when three gunshots pierced the peaceful morning quiet on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic.
Suffolk County police released this image of an alligator they captured in Mastic Beach on Friday morning.
Elected officials from the Shirley- Mastic area have unveiled a new plan to reinvigorate the tri-hamlet region.
Mastic Home Exteriors by Ply Gem Structure Home Insulation System.
In On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee notes that mint prominently features pinene and myrcene, the same pair of phenols that loom large in mastic 's flavor profile.
City Crews Attack Vegetation with ' Masticator Tractor.
City work crews armed with something called a " masticator tractor" have attacked a six-acre chunk of land alongside Las Positas Creek, chewing up the thick vegetative underbrush that could provide combustible fuel in a fire.
North Amityville, Andy Collado, 21, of 53 Robinwood St, Mastic, and Christopher Urbina, 22, of 302 40th St, Copiague, were arrested at 11:30 pm and charged with burglarizing the Copiague Pawn Shop on Oak Street.
The product line includes paint and coatings removers , degreasers and cleaners, and decal, graffiti, mastic, and overspray removers , many of which are water-based products.
The first was captured on Sept 28 in Mastic Beach.
1 hurt in Mastic Beach fire.
A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012, in Mastic Beach, N.Y.
A Standing Ovation from Mastic Home Exteriors.
Kevin McAllister stands on the dock at Forge River Marina in Mastic and points south, across the cold waters, to the 3.2-mile long tributary's mouth, where it empties into Moriches Bay.
Removes glue-down carpet, hardwood flooring, linoleum, non-slip floor coverings, vinyl tile and other adhesive, cement or mastic.
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