verb (used with object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.
verb (used without object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.
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The rodents gnaw down trees to create lodges and dams, and dig channels for transporting their logs to the dams.Simple hand-built structures can help streams survive wildfires and drought|Brianna Randall|March 26, 2021|Science News
I think we’ve been greatly underplaying the chronic, gnawing anxiety we’ve had to keep at bay to function.Vaccinated lives: 5 health experts revel in simple pleasures|Lena H. Sun|March 10, 2021|Washington Post
Eating pure muscle tissue—which is what most cultured meats are right now—is liable to feel like gnawing on a hunk of shoe leather.Your first lab-grown burger is coming soon—and it’ll be “blended”|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The species’s dietary habits further confirm a shallow lifestyle, with gnawed ancient whale bones showing Meg’s preference for marine mammals.Could an ancient megashark still lurk in the deep seas?|By Riley Black|October 15, 2020|Popular Science
When asked why the fatigue is starting to hit now, agency employees and execs said that the continued lack of clarity is starting to gnaw at people.‘Clever about how we rest’: As uncertainties drag into fall, agencies are facing a burnt out and fearful workforce|Kristina Monllos|September 18, 2020|Digiday
In the end, the ethical implications of using a drug to pull statements from otherwise unwilling people began to gnaw.Would Truth Serum Work on James Holmes in the Aurora Shooting Trial?|Kent Sepkowitz|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stanley Crouch on why there are so many predators “looking for some high-profile black female meat to give the gnaw.”
For three generations it's been a sort of a gnaw-bone, to be dug up and chewed on when there's nothing else.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
Then she lay down again, chuckling softly as she did when the mouse escaped, even though it was to gnaw her cheese.Country Neighbors|Alice Brown
I began to gnaw it and play with it, and when Ned called out, "fetch it," I dropped it and ran toward him.Beautiful Joe|Marshall Saunders
I know I am only the mouse, but I could gnaw through very strong cords.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo|E. Phillips Oppenheim
The animals stand in a group, and the mules gnaw at the frozen dung of former visitors.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Sven Hedin