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gnawing


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gnaw  \Gnaw\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gnawed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Gnawing}.]  [OE.  gnawen,  AS  gnagan  akin  to  D.  knagen  OHG. 
  gnagan  nagan,  G.  nagen,  Icel.  &  Sw  gnaga,  Dan.  gnave,  nage. 
  Cf  {Nag}  to  tease.] 
  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 
 
  His  bones  clean  picked;  his  very  bones  they  gnaw. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  bite  in  agony  or  rage. 
 
  They  gnawed  their  tongues  for  pain.  --Rev.  xvi. 
  10. 
 
  3.  To  corrode;  to  fret  away  to  waste. 




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