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Definition 1: an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom - [noun denoting act]

Samples where yawning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could not suppress a yawn
  • the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop
  • he apologized for his oscitancy

Synonyms for yawning in the sense of this definition

(yawning is a kind of ...) an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

(... is a kind of yawning ) yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)

Definition 2: showing lack of attention or boredom - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where yawning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the yawning congregation

Synonyms for yawning in the sense of this definition

(yawning is similar to ...) showing a lack of attention or care

"inattentive students" "an inattentive babysitter"

Definition 3: gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where yawning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the yawning mine shaft
  • a yawning abyss

(yawning is similar to ...) affording free passage or access

"open drains" "the road is open to traffic" "open ranks"

Definition 4: with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where yawning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a yawning congregation

(yawning is similar to ...) used of mouth or eyes

"keep your eyes open" "his mouth slightly opened"

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