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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Yawn v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yawned p. pr. & vb. n. Yawning.]
 1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.  “The lazy, yawning drone.”
 And while above he spends his breath,
 The yawning audience nod beneath.   --Trumbull.
 2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.
 't is now the very witching time of night,
 When churchyards yawn.   --Shak.
 3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.
 4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings.  “One long, yawning gaze.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or
             something; "the yawning mine shaft"; "a yawning abyss"
      2: with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness;
         "a yawning congregation"
      3: showing lack of attention or boredom; "the yawning
         congregation" [syn: drowsy, oscitant, yawning(a)]
      n : 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 ostinancy"
          [syn: yawn, oscitance, oscitancy]