Cheek (?), n. [OE. cheke, cheoke, AS. c'eace, c'eoce; cf. Goth. kukjan to kiss, D. kaak cheek; perh. akin to E. chew, jaw.]


The side of the face below the eye.


The cheek bone.



3. pl. Mech.

Those pieces of a machine, or of any timber, or stone work, which form corresponding sides, or which are similar and in pair; as, the cheeks (jaws) of a vise; the cheeks of a gun carriage, etc.

4. pl.

The branches of a bridle bit.


5. Founding

A section of a flask, so made that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mold; the middle part of a flask.


Cool confidence; assurance; impudence.


Cheek of beef. See Illust. of Beef. -- Cheek bone Anat. the bone of the side of the fase; esp., the malar bone. -- Cheek by jowl, side by side; very intimate. -- Cheek pouch Zool., a sacklike dilation of the cheeks of certain monkeys and rodents, used for holding food. -- Cheeks of a block, the two sides of the shell of a tackle block. -- Cheeks of a mast, the projection on each side of a mast, upon which the trestletrees rest. -- Cheek tooth Anat., a hinder or molar tooth. -- Butment cheek. See under Butment.


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Cheek (?), v. t.

To be impudent or saucy to.



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