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yawn, yawning, oscitance, oscitancyadjective
an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
"he could not suppress a yawn"; "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"; "he apologized for his oscitancy"
gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something
"the yawning mine shaft"; "a yawning abyss"
with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness
"a yawning congregation"
drowsy, oscitant, yawning(a)adjective
showing lack of attention or boredom
"the yawning congregation"
The action of the verb yawn.
That yawns or yawn.
a yawning chasm
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from yawn.
Ere to black Hecat’s summons
The shard-born beetle, with his drowsy hums,
Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done
A deed of dreadful note. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
A yawn is a reflex lasting 4–7 seconds, and is characterized by a long inspiratory phase with gradual mouth gaping, followed by a brief climax (or acme) with muscle stretching, and a rapid expiratory phase with muscle relaxation. For fish and birds, this is described as gradual mouth gaping, staying open for at least 3 seconds and subsequently a rapid closure of the mouth. Almost all vertebrate animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even fish, experience yawning. The study of yawning is called chasmology.Yawning (oscitation) most often occurs in adults immediately before and after sleep, during tedious activities and as a result of its contagious quality. It is commonly associated with tiredness, stress, sleepiness, boredom, or even hunger. In humans, yawning is often triggered by the perception that others are yawning (for example, seeing a person yawning, or talking to someone on the phone who is yawning). This is a typical example of positive feedback. This "contagious" yawning has also been observed in chimpanzees, dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles and can occur between members of different species. Approximately twenty psychological reasons for yawning have been proposed by scholars but there is little agreement on the primacy of any one.During a yawn, muscles around the airway are fully stretched, including chewing and swallowing muscles. Due to these strong repositioning muscle movements, the airway (lungs and throat) dilates to three or four times its original size. The tensor tympani muscle in the middle ear contracts, which creates a rumbling noise perceived as coming from within the head; however, the noise is due to mechanical disturbance of the hearing apparatus and is not generated by the motion of air. Yawning is sometimes accompanied, in humans and other animals, by an instinctive act of stretching several parts of the body including the arms, neck, shoulders and back.
The yawning, Poromitra oscitans, is a fish of the family Melamphaidae, found in tropical and subtropical waters of the indo-Pacific region.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An involuntary deep INHALATION with the MOUTH open, often accompanied by the act of stretching.
The numerical value of yawning in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of yawning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of yawning in a Sentence
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
I was even thinking during the match that some of you guys stayed... I heard somebody was yawning though sometimes during the match, i'm sorry, I thought it was quite an exciting match.
He's moving now, he's opening his eyes, he's yawning, he's coughing, he's moving his hands, he's moving his legs, what a miraculous turnaround.
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings:
There is infection in everything. Even sleepiness can be infectious, and yawning can be infectious. There is even the infection of a time.
It’s like when you’re hanging out with somebody and that person starts yawning — within a couple seconds you’re doing the same thing, mirror neurons are there because they’re a bonding tool. They’re supposed to help bring us together. But in the case of stress, well, they cause problems.
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