yawning

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Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

yawning

  1. Present participle of yawn.

Noun[edit]

yawning (plural yawnings)

  1. The action of the verb yawn.

Adjective[edit]

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”, 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