Oscitancy
Oscitancy Os"ci*tan*cy, n. [See {Oscitant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of gaping or yawning. [1913 Webster]

2. Drowsiness; dullness; sluggishness. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

It might proceed from the oscitancy of transcribers. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


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  • oscitancy — [äs′ə tən sē] n. 〚< L oscitans, prp. of oscitare, to yawn < os, a mouth + citare, to move: see CITE〛 drowsiness, dullness, apathy, etc. * * * os·ci·tan·cy (ŏsʹĭ tən sē) n. pl. os·ci·tan·cies 1. The act of yawning. 2. The state of being drowsy or… …   Universalium

  • oscitancy — index inertia, languor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • oscitancy — [äs′ə tən sē] n. [< L oscitans, prp. of oscitare, to yawn < os, a mouth + citare, to move: see CITE] drowsiness, dullness, apathy, etc …   English World dictionary

  • oscitancy — noun 1. drowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning • Syn: ↑oscitance • Derivationally related forms: ↑oscitant • Hypernyms: ↑sleepiness, ↑drowsiness, ↑somnolence, ↑dullness …   Useful english dictionary

  • oscitancy — n. 1. Gaping, yawning, oscitation. 2. Sleepiness, drowsiness, dulness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • oscitancy — os·ci·tan·cy …   English syllables

  • oscitancy —   n. yawning; sleepiness; dullness.    ♦ oscitant, a.    ♦ oscitation, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • oscitant — oscitancy, oscitance, n. /os i teuhnt/, adj. 1. yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping. 2. drowsy or inattentive. 3. dull, lazy, or negligent. [1615 25; < L oscitant (s. of oscitans) (prp. of oscitare to gape, yawn), equiv. to os mouth + cit(are) to …   Universalium

  • oscitance — noun 1. drowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning • Syn: ↑oscitancy • Derivationally related forms: ↑oscitant (for: ↑oscitancy) • Hypernyms: ↑sleepiness, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • yawning — I noun an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom he could not suppress a yawn the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop he apologized for his oscitancy • Syn: ↑yawn,… …   Useful english dictionary

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