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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ They were about to enter the maw of the criminal justice system.
▪ A roaring, dripping maw yawned with monstrous hunger.
▪ Hands vanished around the room, yanked from the maws of a closing trap.
▪ He had twisted in that grip, tried to bring the gun round to bear on that monstrous maw.
▪ Hicks waited until the last Dumpster was almost full and then personally conveyed two cardboard barrels of bakery refuse to its maw.
▪ Jaq noted how wistfully Grimm regarded what he rated as gourmet ambrosia disappearing into the monster's maw remorselessly.
▪ The lumber collected behind a boom, from which it was lifted by crane into the maw of the mill.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Maw \Maw\, n. [OE. mawe, AS. maga stomach; akin to D. maag, OHG. mago, G. magen, Icel. magi, Sw. mage, Dan. mave. [root]103.]

  1. A stomach; the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing; in birds, the craw; -- now used only of the lower animals, exept humorously or in contempt.

    Bellies and maws of living creatures.

  2. Appetite; inclination. [Obs.]

    Unless you had more maw to do me good.
    --Beau. & Fl.

    Fish maw. (Zo["o]l.) See under Fish.


Maw \Maw\, n. An old game at cards.
--Sir A. Weldon.


Maw \Maw\ (m[add]), n. [See Mew a gull.] (Zo["o]l.) A gull.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English maga "stomach" (of men and animals; in Modern English only of animals unless insultingly), from Proto-Germanic *magon "bag, stomach" (cognates: Old Frisian maga, Old Norse magi, Danish mave, Middle Dutch maghe, Dutch maag, Old High German mago, German Magen "stomach"), from PIE *mak- "leather bag" (cognates: Welsh megin "bellows," Lithuanian makas, Old Church Slavonic mošina "bag, pouch"). Meaning "throat, gullet" is from 1520s. Metaphoric of voracity from late 14c.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context archaic English) the stomach, especially of an animal 2 the upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a ravenous creature. 3 any great, insatiable or perilous opening. 4 Appetite; inclination. Etymology 2

n. (context dialect colloquial English) Mother. Etymology 3

n. A gull.


n. informal terms for the mouth [syn: trap, cakehole, hole, yap, gob]


MAW may refer to:

  • Malawi, a republic in southeast Africa
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Marine Aircraft Wing
  • Masters at Work, the house music producers "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" González
  • Maximum allowable weight
  • Medium anti-tank weapon
  • Men at Work, an Australian pop band
  • Mexican–American War (1846–48)
  • Missile Approach Warning
  • Mission Adaptive Wing
  • Model, Actress, Whatever (2001), a British television comedy series
  • Modified Atlantic Water
Maw (state)

Maw , was a Shan state in what is today Burma. It was the northernmost and the second largest of the states of the Myelat region at the western end of the Shan States.

The capital of the state and residence of the Ngwegunhmu was Myogyi, located on the western slopes of the westernmost range of the Shan Hills. Maw included the valley of the Zawgyi River and the Myelat plateau to the south. Its population was mostly Danu, but there were also Pa-O, Shan and Palaung people in the area.

Usage examples of "maw".

Then Oeljanov raised his right armthe one which ended in the ugly, stubby maw of a laser-sighted machine guntoward the camera.

As soon as they cleared the gaping maw of the pit, the drack carefully flapped its wings until they cleared the small tunnel that led to the mantrap.

Between them and the vision, between the fecund San Joaquin, reeking with fruitfulness, and the millions of Asia crowding toward the verge of starvation, lay the iron-hearted monster of steel and steam, implacable, insatiable, huge--its entrails gorged with the life blood that it sucked from an entire commonwealth, its ever hungry maw glutted with the harvests that should have fed the famished bellies of the whole world of the Orient.

The Singer from the Sea The crest of the water curled above them in a glassy mountain, foam edged, growing higher and more curled, then higher yet, breaking at last as the wave lipped over the walls, gulping the city into the maw of the sea.

Doc corked a wadded handkerchief into the gaping maw, and Leaking could only squeal through his nose.

Less than a foot from his face, a huge rubbery-lipped maw with a shovel-shaped underjaw opened with a liquidy, slurping gasp.

He made the boat ready at daybreak, and certain gannets, pintadoes, boobies, and noddies, and divers with eyes in their heads like fiery jewels--birds whose greedy maws he had often gratified--chose to fancy he must be going a-fishing, and were on the alert, and rather troublesome.

His yelp came too late, and with horror he watched her drop the fine, pale panatela into the open maw of the dump hole.

Escrow, Pimento and Birch tried to separate them, and one by one their arms got caught in the rolling bodies and they were sucked into the maw of state power.

This somewhat intimidating maw was lined with slender, needle-like teeth that made those of the quoll look blunt.

Suddenly she slowly bared her terrible teeth, opened her entire red maw, took aim, readied herself, resolved, and suddenly seized the reptile with her teeth.

But when it hit a Rix tank just right, its maw precisely aligned to the hexagonal weave of the armor, it cut through metal and ceramic like a rip propagating down a cloth seam.

Mighty columns of tephra, all the pent-up material that Falcon could fling into the air from its huge maw, seethed and erupted in spasms, hurling ash, magma and boulders high into the sky.

Anyway, copious quantities of hydrogen gas were pouring from the shaft maw, coming from the rent where the unfortunate brown man had fallen into a ballonet and suffocated.

As the ice gripping the base of the structure twisted to some unseen current, the two opposites sides came into view, revealing the broken maw of wooden framework reaching beneath the street level, crowded with enormous balsa logs and what appeared to be massive inflated bladders, three of them punctured and flaccid.