Friday, October 7, 2011

gnaw

gnaw [ naw  ]
 intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr.v.) to erode or chew with the teeth
2. (tr.v.) to wear away or corrode
3. (tr.v.) to plague or afflict
4. (intr.v.) to persistently bite
5. (intr.v.) to be the cause of erosion
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Rodents constantly gnaw on goods and property causing destruction.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The mice gnaw to keep their teeth sharp and they can easily chew through modern plastic plumbing pipes.