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yawn

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.

Origin: OE. Yanien, yanien, ganien, gonien, AS. Ganian; akin to ginian to yawn, ginan to yawn, open wide, G. Gahnen to yawn, OHG. Ginen, geinon, Icel. Gina to yawn, gin the mouth, OSlav. Zijati to yawn, L. Hiare to gape, yawn; and perhaps to E. Begin, cf. Gr. Cheia a hole. B. Cf. Begin, Gin to begin, Hiatus.


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why do we yawn???

We yawn because we are either tired or bored. I usually do this during class because its mad boring :P

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by sokalaw
Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:15 am
 
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why do we yawn???

The most plausible explanation, and the one that is taught in medical school, is that we yawn because oxygen levels in our lungs are low. Studies have shown that during normal, at-rest breathing, we don’t use anywhere near our lung capacity; for the most part, we just ...

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by santana8
Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:27 pm
 
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Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:57 pm
 
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Re: Solve medical mystery ~ yawn, stretch, tremors

Hi. Check the levels of electrolytes in your body. They also say that drinking pickle juice helps a lot. What was your level of physical activity before pragnency?

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by masyaka
Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
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Solve medical mystery ~ yawn, stretch, tremors

... I was very slightly aware of this, although not totally awake and I figure the shaking woke me up. In addition, is an uncontrollable impulse to yawn. Seems sort of like an average normal thing, yawning or stretching that is. My body is new to sleeping on my side and am not supposed to sleep ...

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by pookieboo
Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:58 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
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