- (transitive) To chew (food).
- The cow stood, quietly masticating its cud.
- (transitive) To grind or knead something into a pulp.
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- 1832 — Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 4
- The fat boy rose, opened his eyes, swallowed the huge piece of pie he had been in the act of masticating when he last fell asleep, and slowly obeyed his master’s orders.
- 1892 — Herman Melville, Typee: A Romance of the South Seas, ch. 12
- 'By tasting it, to be sure,' said I, masticating a morsel that Kory-Kory had just put in my mouth.
- 1896 — H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau, ch. 8
- He resumed his meal. "I had no idea of it," he said, and masticated.
- 1927-1929— Mahatma Gandhi, An Autobiography or The Story of my Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai
- The vegetables were not to be cooked but merely grated fine, if I could not masticate them.
- 2001 - Nadine Gordimer, The Pickup
- The friends watch the two make their way between other habitué's masticating, drinking, crouched in a scrum of conversation...
chew — see chew