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chew·ing

(chū'ing)
The act of grinding or crushing with the teeth; mastication.
[O.E. cēowan]

chew·ing

(chū'ing)
Mandibular action during mastication of food to make it soft enough to swallow.
[O.E. cēowan]

chewing,

n the movements of the mandible during mastication; controlled by neuromuscular action and limited by the anatomic structure of the temporomandibular joints. See also mastication.
chewing cycle,
chewing force,

chewing


chewing disease
References in classic literature ?
When Cadmus and his companions came up with her, there was the brindled cow taking her ease, chewing her cud, and looking them quietly in the face; as if this was just the spot she had been seeking for, and as if it were all a matter of course.
Kutuzov ceased chewing and fixed an astonished gaze on Wolzogen, as if not understand what was said to him.
Thus Caedmon, keeping in mind all he heard, and, as it were, chewing the cud, converted the same into most harmonious verse; and sweetly repeating the same, made his masters in their turn his hearers.
The Fairy gave him the sugar and Pinocchio, after chewing and swallowing it in a twinkling, said, smacking his lips:
He stands always in the sunshine chewing something; and he keeps half-shutting his pocket knife and opening it again with his thumb.
Vronsky bowed, and Alexey Alexandrovitch, chewing his lips, lifted his hand to his hat and went on.
So young was he that he quickly became footsore, and she carried him until Billy perched him on top of his pack and grumbled that Possum was chewing his back hair to a frazzle.
As Washington may be called the head-quarters of tobacco-tinctured saliva, the time is come when I must confess, without any disguise, that the prevalence of those two odious practices of chewing and expectorating began about this time to be anything but agreeable, and soon became most offensive and sickening.
This being before breakfast, rather disposed me, I confess, to nausea; but looking attentively at one of the expectorators, I plainly saw that he was young in chewing, and felt inwardly uneasy, himself.
He cast himself on the grass by the Lock side, in an indolent way, with his back in that direction, and, having gathered a few blades, fell to chewing them.
Hows'ever, p'raps you call it so,' said Riderhood, stubbornly chewing his grass.
said Riderhood, very deliberately spitting out the grass he had been chewing.