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Gnaw meaning

gnaw - 7 dictionary results

  1. 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.
  2. 2. To bite in agony or rage.
  3. 3. To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
  4. 4. To use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as in eating or removing with the teethsomething hard, unwiedly, or unmanageable.
  5. 5. To bite off, or eat away, by degrees; corrode; bite in agony, rage, or despair; fret.
  6. 6. To exercise the teeth in biting repeatedly; act as if constantly biting.
  7. 7. To bite off by degrees; bite; scrape with the teeth.

gnaw - examples of usage

  1. Peter's heart gave a great leap of hope, and he began at once to dig away the snow from around the stake, and then settled himself to gnaw the stake in two.
  2. You see that shiny wire was drawn so tight that it cut into his flesh and hurt dreadfully, and to the other end of the wire was fastened a piece of wood, part of the stake to which the snare had been made fast and which Peter had managed to gnaw and break off.
  3. Danny Meadow Mouse had tried and tried to gnaw the wire, but it wasn't the least bit of use.
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