Definition of jawbone in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjôˌbōn/ /ˈdʒɔˌboʊn/

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  • A bone of the jaw, especially that of the lower jaw (the mandible), or either half of this.

    ‘In addition to the embryos and eye, the fossil find includes portions of a snout plus jawbones, skull bones, cheekbones, and teeth.’
    • ‘French and American paleotologists held that the jawbone and skull were obviously from two different animals and that their discovery was an accident of placement.’
    • ‘The man's skeleton was missing its lower legs, while the woman's skull had lost its jawbone.’
    • ‘I've recently noticed a swelling on my jawbone just below my earlobe.’
    • ‘When you chew gum, the repetitive movement of your jaw puts added tension on the muscles and joints where your jawbone meets your skull, Urbaniak says.’
    • ‘When teeth are lost, the jawbone may start to shrink.’
    • ‘Mrs Callaway received treatment for a broken jawbone, chipped cheekbone and bumps and scrapes all over her body.’
    • ‘In some cases, where the jawbones are misaligned, oral surgery may be necessary in addition to orthodontic work.’
    • ‘A German man who lost his lower jaw nearly 10 years ago to a malignant tumor regained the ability to eat more than soup this year when he was given an engineered jawbone.’
    • ‘Fibrous joints also hold the teeth in the jawbone.’
    • ‘A bony layer of cementum covers the outside of the root, under the gum line, and holds the tooth in place within the jawbone.’
    • ‘The lower jawbone of the hippopotamus reveals six incisor teeth, whereas the hippopotamus that survives in Africa has only four incisors.’
    • ‘Massage a few drops of the oil on the temples and across the forehead, and then gently down and around the jawbone.’
    • ‘Cavitations are chronic infections in the jawbones.’
    • ‘Up and down the coastal villages of Scotland you will see the jawbones of whales, framing entrance ways and guarding churches.’
    • ‘He has to be operated on for an injury to his face, he has shrapnel lodged in his jawbone and a sizeable wound to the left side of his face.’
    • ‘Osteoporosis and tooth loss often go hand-in-hand because the same decrease in bone mineral density that boosts risk of hip and other fractures affects the jawbone and teeth.’
    • ‘As it turned out, the Piltdown forgery was rather crude, involving the filing down of an ape jawbone and its artificial colouring, along with the parts of a modern human cranium.’
    • ‘To apply powder on top of foundation, fill a brush with powder; knock off any excess; cover the centre panel, across the jawbone and down on to the neck.’
    • ‘Although myofibroma of the jawbones is a rare lesion, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of unilocular radiolucent lesions in the mandible, especially in children.’
    jawbone, lower jaw, mandible

transitive verb

[with object]informal North American
  • Attempt to persuade or pressure by the force of one's position of authority.

    • ‘the Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman jawboned the dollar higher by calling its recent steep decline a purely speculative phenomenon’
    • ‘an analyst jawboning about the industry’
    • ‘There is a downside to propping up the dollar, particularly for American manufacturers, which is why the administration has been jawboning the Big Three to let the dollar slide a bit.’
    • ‘More important, Greenspan is jawboning the bond market into believing that the specter of deflation will stop the Fed from tightening monetary policy anytime soon.’
    • ‘But it's very ironic to me that this is a White House that has not been particularly helpful to the press, and now they're jawboning the press.’
    • ‘Basescu also jawboned local businesses to renovate schools, while bars and restaurants were encouraged to clean up sidewalks by their premises, which many actually did.’
    • ‘Efforts by senior leaders to jawbone banks into lending to companies not targeted by the government campaign have had little effect.’