—n. 1. a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible.
2. the bone of the lower jaw; mandible.
—v.t., v.i. Informal.to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by the exertion of force or one's authority, as in urging voluntary compliance with economic guidelines: The President jawboned the steel industry into postponing price increases.
—adj. Informal.obtained by or resorting to such a practice: jawbone controls.