HyperDic: oscitance

English > 2 senses of the word oscitance:
NOUNstateoscitance, oscitancydrowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning
actoscitance, yawn, yawning, oscitancyan involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth
English > oscitance: 2 senses > noun 1, state
Meaningdrowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning.
Broaderdullness, obtusenessThe quality of being slow to understand
sleepiness, drowsiness, somnolenceA very sleepy state
English > oscitance: 2 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningAn involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom.
Synonymsyawn, yawning, oscitancy
Narrowerpandiculationyawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
Broaderreflex, reflex response, reflex action, instinctive reflex, innate reflex, inborn reflex, unconditioned reflex, physiological reactionAn automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

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