jaw rope

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jaw \Jaw\ (j[add]), n. [A modification of chaw, formed under the
   influence of F. joue the cheek. See Chaw, Chew.]
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   1. (Anat.)
      (a) One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form
          the framework of the mouth.
      (b) Hence, also, the bone itself with the teeth and
      (c) In the plural, the mouth.
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   2. Fig.: Anything resembling the jaw of an animal in form or
      action; esp., pl., the mouth or way of entrance; as, the
      jaws of a pass; the jaws of darkness; the jaws of death.
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   3. (Mach.)
      (a) A notch or opening.
      (b) A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an
          object in place; as, the jaw of a railway-car
          pedestal. See Axle guard.
      (b) One of a pair of opposing parts which are movable
          towards or from each other, for grasping or crushing
          anything between them, as, the jaws of a vise, or the
          jaws of a stone-crushing machine.
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   4. (Naut.) The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a
      half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
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   5. Impudent or abusive talk. [Slang] --H. Kingsley.

   Syn: lip.
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   Jaw bit (Railroad), a bar across the jaws of a pedestal
      underneath an axle box.

   Jaw breaker, a word difficult to pronounce. [Obs.]

   Jaw rope (Naut.), a rope which holds the jaws of a gaff to
      the mast.

   Jaw tooth, a molar or grinder; a back tooth.
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