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Webster 1828 Edition


Yawning

YAWNING

, ppr.
1.
Gaping; opening wide.
2.
a. Sleepy; drowsy; dull.

YAWNING

,
Noun.
The act of gaping or opening wide.

Definition 2022


yawning

yawning

English

Verb

yawning

  1. present participle of yawn

Noun

yawning (plural yawnings)

  1. The action of the verb yawn.

Adjective

yawning (comparative more yawning, superlative most yawning)

  1. That yawns or yawn.
    yawning commuters;  travelers yawning in the queue
  2. (figuratively) Wide open.
    • 2013 August 3, The machine of a new soul”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what.
    a yawning chasm;  the shark's yawning jaws