• WordNet 3.6
    • n mastication biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mastication The act or operation of masticating; chewing, as of food. "Mastication is a necessary preparation of solid aliment, without which there can be no good digestion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mastication The act of chewing; the process of triturating food with the teeth; manducation.
    • n mastication The process of tearing to pieces or kneading, as india-rubber, by means of the masticator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Mastication act or process of chewing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. masticatio,: cf. F. mastication,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. masticāre, -ātummastiche, mastic.


In literature:

And we smoke the cups with one of those burning sticks of mastic.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Infection takes place through the umbilicus, and manifests itself clinically by spasms of the muscles of mastication.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Thorough mastication or chewing of the food is only a little less important than the character of the food itself.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
I had a piece of spring chicken, but being too bashful to masticate it properly, I attempted to swallow it whole.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
Snakes do not masticate their food.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
There was no gravel gritting between the major's teeth as he masticated mess-pork or mouldy biscuit.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Our stock of sago-cake was getting low, but that mattered little, I thought, as without water I found it very difficult to masticate.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was as tough as India-rubber, and the more a piece of it was masticated, the larger it became in the mouth.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Nuts also are rich in proteid and in fat; they require, however, careful mastication.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
And he took her teeth out of her mouth so that she should not masticate food.
"The Secret of the Creation" by Howard D. Pollyen
Only mastication heard, mingled with a few cases of choking, which are promptly dealt with.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
For a few seconds after Ned's last speech, no sound escaped the lips of his comrades, save those resulting from the process of mastication.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
After mastication, the food is worked by the tongue and cheeks into a saliva-soaked "bolus" and swallowed.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Jimmie was again perched in the bow, talking when his jaws were not otherwise taken up in masticating his sandwich.
"Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise" by Louis Arundel
Eating should be slow, and mastication of the food thorough, for reasons of health as well as for the sake of appearance.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
He has been compelled to masticate this unnatural diet, so that his teeth have been broken by it.
"Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon" by Walter Adeney
Nevertheless their belly and breast were of a pleasant flavour and easily masticated.
"Trees. A Woodland Notebook" by Herbert Maxwell
Thorough mastication takes time, and therefore one must not feel hurried at meals if the best results are to be secured.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
Give it here; we'll fix it so that it can masticate the toughest corporation board.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
Nevertheless their belly and breast were of a pleasant flavour and easily masticated.
"Extinct Birds" by Walter Rothschild

In poetry:

And frequently when Hunger's pangs
Assailed that callow pup,
He masticated boots and gloves
Or chewed a door-mat up.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
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
How the graceless-graceful stride of the elephant was eyed,
And the capers of the little horse that cantered at his side!
How the shambling camels, tame to the plaudits of their fame,
With listless eyes came silent, masticating as they came.
"The Circus-Day Parade" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Alicudi is a small and seemingly perfect cone of dark rock, dotted with pale green cactus and deeper green mastic bushes.
Boa constrictor abandoned in Mastic.
Boa constrictor abandoned in Mastic.
Police say 51-year-old Robert Liguori, of Mastic Beach, recorded video of female models disrobing in the dressing room in Southampton in July.
Giant cell tumor of the masticator space: Case report and literature review.
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.
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.
The spate of gators started a week ago in Mastic.
A Magnolia Avenue posted a sign asks drivers to move down the street with caution before floodwaters began to recede on Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012, in Mastic Beach, N.Y.
It was found in a broken fish tank in Mastic.
The eighth annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach was hosted by the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association and featured an assortment of seafood including the blue claw crab, clams on the half shell and steamed shrimp.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Masticate To Lose Weight - (Stacia Naquin).
Intraorbital erosion of a malar implant resulting in mastication-induced vision changes.