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GNAW, v.t. naw. [ Gr. to scrape.]

1. To bite off by little and little; to bite or scrape off with the fore teeth; to wear away by biting. The rats gnaw a board or plank; a worm gnaws the wood of a tree or the plank of a ship.

2. To eat by biting off small portions of food with the fore teeth.

3. To bite in agony or rage.

They gnawed their tongues for pain. Rev.16.

4. To waste; to fret; to corrode.

5. To pick with the teeth.

His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw.

GNAW, v.i. naw. To use the teeth in biting.

I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me.



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GNAW, v.t. naw. [ Gr. to scrape.]

1. To bite off by little and little; to bite or scrape off with the fore teeth; to wear away by biting. The rats gnaw a board or plank; a worm gnaws the wood of a tree or the plank of a ship.

2. To eat by biting off small portions of food with the fore teeth.

3. To bite in agony or rage.

They gnawed their tongues for pain. Rev.16.

4. To waste; to fret; to corrode.

5. To pick with the teeth.

His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw.

GNAW, v.i. naw. To use the teeth in biting.

I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me.

GNAW, v.i. [naw.]

To use the teeth in biting. I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me. Sidney.


GNAW, v.t. [naw; Sax. gnagan; G. nagen; D. knaagen; Sw. gnaga; W. cnoi; Gr. κναω, to scrape; Ir. cnagh, cnaoi, consumption; cnuigh, a maggot; cnaoidhim, to gnaw, to consume.]

  1. To bite off by little and little; to bite or serape off with the fore teeth; to wear away by biting. The rats gnaw a board or plank; a worm gnaws the wood of a tree or the plank of a ship.
  2. To eat by biting off small portions of food with the fore teeth.
  3. To bite in agony or rage. They gnawed their tongues for pain. Rev. xvi.
  4. To waste; to fret; to corrode.
  5. To pick with the teeth. His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw. Dryden.

Gnaw
  1. To bite, as something hard or tough, which is not readily separated or crushed] to bite off little by little, with effort; to wear or eat away by scraping or continuous biting with the teeth; to nibble at.

    His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw. Dryden.

  2. To use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as in eating or removing with the teethsomething hard, unwiedly, or unmanageable.

    I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me. Sir P. Sidney.

  3. To bite in agony or rage.

    They gnawed their tongues for pain. Rev. xvi. 10.

  4. To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
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Gnaw

GNAW, verb transitive naw. [ Gr. to scrape.]

1. To bite off by little and little; to bite or scrape off with the fore teeth; to wear away by biting. The rats gnaw a board or plank; a worm gnaws the wood of a tree or the plank of a ship.

2. To eat by biting off small portions of food with the fore teeth.

3. To bite in agony or rage.

They gnawed their tongues for pain. Revelation 16:10.

4. To waste; to fret; to corrode.

5. To pick with the teeth.

His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw

GNAW, verb intransitive naw. To use the teeth in biting.

I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me.

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