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 looseMarston.
(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 frambsia, 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
It is full fair to ben yclept madame.Chaucer.
But come, thou goddess fair and free.Milton.
In heaven ycleped Euphrosyne.
Those charming little missives ycleped valentines.Lamb.
(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.Spenser.
(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.Chaucer.
(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.Chaucer.
But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified.1 Cor. vi. 11.
This would cost you your life in case ye were a man.Udall.