masticate \MAS-tih-kayt\, transitive verb:
1. To grind or crush with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, "to masticate food."2. To crush or knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
1. To chew food.
Masticate comes from the past participle of Late Latin masticare, "to chew," from Greek mastichan, "to gnash the teeth." The noun form is mastication.
- The inability to start on a project, assignment, essay or any creative task due to the fear of not getting it perfectly right.
Joe: You haven't started writing your paper yet?
Joe: Isn't it due tomorrow?
Joe: I thought you went to the library and did your research, made your notes and wrote your outline.
Bob: I've got perfectionist paralysis.