Hypertext Webster Gateway: "mouth"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mouth \Mouth\ (mouth), n.; pl. {Mouths} (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth,
mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth],
G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth.
mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil
mouth, muzzle, G. maul, OHG. m[=u]la, Icel. m[=u]li, and Skr.
mukha mouth.]
1. The opening through which an animal receives food; the
aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the
cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips
and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.

2. Hence: An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice;
aperture; as:
(a) The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or
emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar
or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc.
(b) The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit,
well, or den.
(c) The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it
is discharged.
(d) The opening through which the waters of a river or any
stream are discharged.
(e) The entrance into a harbor.

3. (Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters
the mouth of an animal.

4. A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a

Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman
belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street
where he lives. --Addison.

5. Cry; voice. [Obs.] --Dryden.

6. Speech; language; testimony.

That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every
word may be established. --Matt. xviii.

7. A wry face; a grimace; a mow.

Counterfeit sad looks, Make mouths upon me when I
turn my back. --Shak.

{Down in the mouth}, chapfallen; of dejected countenance;
depressed; discouraged. [Obs. or Colloq.]

{Mouth friend}, one who professes friendship insincerely.

{Mouth glass}, a small mirror for inspecting the mouth or

{Mouth honor}, honor given in words, but not felt. --Shak.

{Mouth organ}. (Mus.)
(a) Pan's pipes. See {Pandean}.
(b) An harmonicon.

{Mouth pipe}, an organ pipe with a lip or plate to cut the
escaping air and make a sound.

{To stop the mouth}, to silence or be silent; to put to
shame; to confound.

The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
--Ps. lxiii.

Whose mouths must be stopped. --Titus i. 11.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mouth \Mouth\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mouthed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth
or teeth; to chew; to devour. --Dryden.

2. To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; to speak
in a strained or unnaturally sonorous manner. ``Mouthing
big phrases.'' --Hare.

Mouthing out his hollow oes and aes. --Tennyson.

3. To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear her
cub. --Sir T. Browne.

4. To make mouths at. [R.] --R. Blair.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mouth \Mouth\, v. i.
1. To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to
vociferate; to rant.

I'll bellow out for Rome, and for my country, And
mouth at C[ae]sar, till I shake the senate.

2. To put mouth to mouth; to kiss. [R.] --Shak.

3. To make grimaces, esp. in ridicule or contempt.

Well I know, when I am gone, How she mouths behind
my back. --Tennyson.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations
emerge; "he stuffed his mouth with candy" [syn: {oral
cavity}, {oral fissure}, {rima oris}]
2: the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face
and the system of organs surrounding the opening; "she
wiped lipstick from her mouth"
3: an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge);
"he rode into the mouth of the canyon"; "they built a fire
at the mouth of the cave"
4: the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water;
"New York is at the mouth of the Hudson"
5: a person conceived as a consumer of food; "he has four
mouths to feed"
6: (informal) a spokesperson (as a lawyer) [syn: {mouthpiece}]
7: an impudent or insolent rejoinder; "don't give me any of
your sass" [syn: {sass}, {sassing}, {backtalk}, {back talk},
8: the opening of a jar or bottle; "the jar had a wide mouth"
v 1: express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense" [syn: {talk},
{speak}, {utter}, {verbalize}]
2: articulate silently; form words with the lips only; "She
mouthed a swear word"
3: touch with the mouth

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