mastication


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mas·ti·cate

 (măs′tĭ-kāt′)
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
v.tr.
1. To chew (food).
2. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
v.intr.
To chew food.

[Late Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.]

mas′ti·ca′tion n.
mas′ti·ca′tor n.

mas·ti·ca·tion

(măs′tĭ-kā′shən)
The chewing or grinding of food by the teeth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mastication - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallowmastication - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
chomping - the act of chewing noisily
gumming, mumbling - ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
rumination - (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
Translations

mastication

nKauen nt; (for young) → Vorkauen nt

mas·ti·ca·tion

n. masticación.
References in classic literature ?
After he had with great difficulty accomplished the mastication of a mouthful of the dried pease, he found it absolutely necessary to request his pious entertainer to furnish him with some liquor; who replied to his request by placing before him a large can of the purest water from the fountain.
Never had they witnessed such power of mastication, and such marvellous capacity of stomach, as in this native and uncultivated gastronome.
Now all admire, in each high-flavored dish The capabilities of flesh—fowl—fish; In order due each guest assumes his station, Throbs high his breast with fond anticipation, And prelibates the joys of mastication.
Thus his soldiers saw him, after what he boastingly called his supper -- that is to say, after the exercise of mastication reported by us at the commencement of this chapter -- like Napoleon on the eve of Austerlitz, seated asleep in his rush chair, half beneath the light of his lamp, half beneath the reflection of the moon, commencing its ascent in the heavens, which denoted that it was nearly half past nine in the evening.
At that moment the sound of jaws in the act of mastication, which proceeded from beneath the furnace, struck Charmolue's uneasy ear.
It is more blasphemous than that thing which is swiping our meat," I replied, for whatever the thing was, it had leaped upon our deer and was devouring it in great mouthfuls which it swallowed without mastication.
In a pause of mastication and deglutition, Lady Tippins, contemplating Mortimer, recalls that it was at our dear Veneerings, and in the presence of a party who are surely all here, that he told them his story of the man from somewhere, which afterwards became so horribly interesting and vulgarly popular.
Mastication can cause a repeated loading, leading to degradation of the implant materials and metal fatigue," she continued.
Various fuel treatments have been developed, including prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, hand-thinning, mastication and combinations of these (Evans et al.
Mastication is best done in the privacy of your own home.
Key statement: The present invention provides a rubber composition for an inner liner, which can achieve both excellent low heat build-up and high flex crack growth resistance while having processability excellent enough to eliminate the need for mastication and further has good air impermeability and also provides a pneumatic tire produced using the rubber composition.
I think she meant succotash wish, but I know how hard it is to hear properly over the sound of mastication.