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  1. present participle of yawn


yawning (countable and uncountable, plural yawnings)

  1. The action of the verb yawn.


yawning (comparative more yawning, superlative most yawning)

  1. That yawns or yawn.
    yawning commuters
  2. (figurative) Wide open.
    a yawning chasm;  the shark's yawning jaws
    • 2007 November, Gil Schwartz, “Escape from the job monster”, in Men's Health, volume 22, number 9, ISSN 1054-4836, page 122:
      That experience really taught me something. That deep down inside, I am broken, and that I'm using work to plaster over some yawning gap within myself.
    • 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.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 1:
      But always and ever there is a yawning chasm below[.]