What does yawning mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. yawningadjective

    gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something

    "the yawning mine shaft"; "a yawning abyss"

  3. yawningadjective

    with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

    "a yawning congregation"

  4. drowsy, oscitant, yawning(a)adjective

    showing lack of attention or boredom

    "the yawning congregation"

Wiktionary

  1. yawningnoun

    The action of the verb yawn.

  2. yawningadjective

    That yawns or yawn.

    yawning commuters

  3. yawningadjective

    Wide open.

    a yawning chasm

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Yawningadjective

    Sleepy; slumbering.

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yawning

    of Yawn

Freebase

  1. Yawning

    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

  1. Yawning

    An involuntary deep INHALATION with the MOUTH open, often accompanied by the act of stretching.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yawning in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yawning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of yawning in a Sentence

  1. Ramon Price:

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. The Russian:

    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.

  4. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I have to keep you people entertained and awake, have you seen Hillary Clinton using a teleprompter …. People starting yawning. It’s a disaster.

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