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.

(Yawn"ing*ly), adv. In a yawning manner.

(Yawp) v. & n. See Yaup.

(Yaws) n. [African yaw a raspberry.] (Med.) A disease, occurring in the Antilles and in Africa, characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, of a contagious character, which, in shape and appearance, often resemble currants, strawberries, or raspberries. There are several varieties of this disease, variously known as frambœsia, pian, verrugas, and crab-yaws.

(Yaw"-weed`) n. (Bot.) A low, shrubby, rubiaceous plant (Morinda Royoc) growing along the seacoast of the West Indies. It has small, white, odorous flowers.

(Y*be") obs. p. p. of Be. Been. Chaucer.

(Y*cleped") p. p. [AS. geclipod, p. p. of clipian, cleopian, cliopian, to call. See Clepe, and also the Note under Y-.] Called; named; — obsolete, except in archaic or humorous writings. [Spelt also yclept.]

It is full fair to ben yclept madame.

But come, thou goddess fair and free.
In heaven ycleped Euphrosyne.

Those charming little missives ycleped valentines.

(Y*do") obs. p. p. of Do. Done. Chaucer.

(Y*drad") obs. p. p. of Dread. Dreaded.

Yet nothing did he dread, but ever was ydrad.

(Ye, Ye) (&thlige), an old method of printing the article the the "y" being used in place of the Anglo- Saxon thorn It is sometimes incorrectly pronounced ye. See The, and Thorn, n., 4.

(Y"ë) n.; pl. Yën An eye. [Obs.]

From his yën ran the water down.

(Ye) pron. [OE. ye, &yoghe, nom. pl., AS. ge, gi; cf. OS. ge, gi, OFries. gi, i, D. gij, Dan. & Sw. i, Icel. er, OHG. ir, G. ihr, Goth. jus, Lith. jus, Gr. "ymei^s, Skr. yuyam. &radic189.] The plural of the pronoun of the second person in the nominative case.

Ye ben to me right welcome heartily.

But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified.
1 Cor. vi. 11.

This would cost you your life in case ye were a man.

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