Oscitation
Oscitation Os`ci*ta"tion, n. [L. oscitatio: cf. F. oscitation.] The act of yawning or gaping. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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  • Oscitation — The act of yawning, the involuntary opening of the mouth with respiration, breathing first inward, then outward. Yawning is often caused by suggestion. Repeated yawning is commonly a sign of drowsiness. It can also sometimes be a sign of… …   Medical dictionary

  • oscitation — os·ci·ta·tion …   English syllables

  • oscitation — n. formal 1 yawning; drowsiness. 2 inattention; negligence. Etymology: L oscitatio f. oscitare gape f. os mouth + citare move …   Useful english dictionary

  • Yawning — The involuntary opening of the mouth with respiration, breathing first inward, then outward. Yawning is often caused by suggestion. Repeated yawning is commonly a sign of drowsiness. It can also sometimes be a sign of depression. * * * The act of …   Medical dictionary

  • Inactivity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Inactivity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 inactivity inactivity Sgm: N 1 inaction inaction &c. 681 Sgm: N 1 inertness inertness &c. 172 Sgm: N 1 obstinacy obstinacy &c. 606 GRP: N 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • drowsiness — Synonyms and related words: acedia, apathy, boredom, doziness, dullness, enervation, ennui, fatigue, heaviness, hebetude, inanimation, indifference, jadedness, lackadaisicalness, languidness, languishment, languor, languorousness, lassitude,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gape — Synonyms and related words: abysm, abyss, aperture, arroyo, attend, be amazed, be astonished, be curious, bedroom eyes, bore, box canyon, breach, break, broaching, burn with curiosity, canyon, cavity, chap, chasm, check, chimney, chink, clearing …   Moby Thesaurus

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