Definition of mastication in US English:

mastication

noun

  • See masticate

    • ‘Whilst waiting for my teeth to be fixed and the resumption of normal mastication, I've been eating a lot of soft instant meals.’
    • ‘Every exposed power cord in our apartment bears telltale toothmarks from her enthusiastic fits of mastication.’
    • ‘But amidst the mastication of his third or fourth mouthful, Paul felt his unhappy stomach take a still unhappier turn.’
    • ‘It should be noted that they have argued that the development of a bony secondary palate might have originally served as an aid to mastication, although this proposal has not gained currency.’
    • ‘He gave a few speculative mastications, possibly thinking the ball was a bird's egg or a milk chocolate.’

Pronunciation

mastication

/ˌmastəˈkāSH(ə)n//ˌmæstəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/