°A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.
"Phillip purchased a bag of licorice chews at the drugstore."
"The school had banned chew and smokes from the school grounds, even for adults."
°To crush with the teeth by repeated closing and opening of the jaws; done to food to soften it and break it down by the action of saliva before it is swallowed.
"Make sure to chew thoroughly, and don't talk with your mouth full!"
°To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.
"He keep his feed in steel drums to prevent the mice from chewing holes in the feed-sacks."
synonyms: bite, chomp, crunch, masticate more» , grind, pulverize, rip, shred, tear, contemplate, ruminate, mull, muse, ponder