2. [syn: chew, masticate, manducate, jaw]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Masticate \Mas"ti*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Masticated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Masticating.] [L. masticatus, p. p. of
masticare to chew, prob. fr. mastiche mastic. See Mastic.]
To grind or crush with, or as with, the teeth and prepare for
swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, to masticate food.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: grind and knead; "masticate rubber"
2: 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" [syn: chew, masticate,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
27 Moby Thesaurus words for "masticate":
bite, bruise, champ, chaw, chew, chew the cud, chew up, chomp,
chump, crunch, crush, gnash, gnaw, grind, gum, macerate, mash,
mouth, mumble, munch, nibble, pulp, pulpify, ruminate, scrunch,