Definitions for: Chew

[n] biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
[n] a wad of something chewable as tobacco
[v] chew (food); "He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass"

Webster (1913) Definition: Chew (ch[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chewed (ch[udd]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Chewing.] [As ce['o]wan, akin to D. kauwen,
G. kauen. Cf. Chaw, Jaw.]
1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate.

2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on.

He chews revenge, abjuring his offense. --Prior.

To chew the cud, to chew the food ocer again, as a cow; to
ruminate; hence, to meditate.

Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the
cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the
beasts, that ye shall eat. --Deut. xxiv.

Chew, v. i.
To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth;
to ruminate; to meditate.

old politicians chew wisdom past. --Pope.

Chew, n.
That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at
once; a cud. [Law]

Synonyms: chaw, chewing, cud, jaw, manducate, manduction, masticate, mastication, plug, quid, wad

See Also: bit, bite, champ, change of state, chaw, chomp, chomping, crunch, eating, feeding, gnaw, grate, grind, gum, gumming, morsel, mumble, mumbling, munch, rumination

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