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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Yawn  \Yawn\  (y[add]n),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Yawned};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Yawning}.]  [OE.  yanien  [yogh]anien,  ganien,  gonien 
  AS  g[=a]nian;  akin  to  ginian  to  yawn,  g[=i]nan  to  yawn,  open 
  wide,  G.  g["a]hnen  to  yawn,  OHG.  gin[=e]n,  gein[=o]n,  Icel. 
  g[=i]na  to  yawn,  gin  the  mouth,  OSlav.  zijati  to  yawn,  L. 
  hiare  to  gape,  yawn;  and  perhaps  to  E.  begin,  cf  Gr  cheia` 
  a  hole.  [root]47b.  Cf  Begin,  Gin  to  begin,  {Hiatus}.] 
  1.  To  open  the  mouth  involuntarily  through  drowsiness, 
  dullness,  or  fatigue;  to  gape;  to  oscitate.  ``The  lazy, 
  yawning  drone.''  --Shak. 
  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.  --Shak. 
  4.  To  be  eager;  to  desire  to  swallow  anything  to  express 
  desire  by  yawning;  as  to  yawn  for  fat  livings.  ``One 
  long,  yawning  gaze.''  --Landor. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Yawn  \Yawn\,  n. 
  1.  An  involuntary  act  excited  by  drowsiness,  etc., 
  consisting  of  a  deep  and  long  inspiration  following 
  several  successive  attempts  at  inspiration,  the  mouth, 
  fauces,  etc.,  being  wide  open 
  One  person  yawning  in  company  will  produce  a 
  spontaneous  yawn  in  all  present.  --N.  Chipman. 
  2.  The  act  of  opening  wide,  or  of  gaping.  --Addison. 
  3.  A  chasm,  mouth,  or  passageway.  [R.] 
  Now  gape  the  graves,  and  trough  their  yawns  let 
  loose  Imprisoned  spirits.  --Marston. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  an  involuntary  intake  of  breath  through  a  wide  open  mouth 
  v  1:  utter  a  yawn;  as  from  lack  of  oxygne  or  when  one  is  tired 
  2:  be  wide  open  [syn:  {gape},  {yaw}] 

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