pandiculation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pandiculation yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The act of stretching and yawning is referred to as pandiculation
    • n Pandiculation A stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pandiculation A stretching of one's self, as when one is newly awaked from sleep, or sleepy or fatigued; a restlessness and inclination to stretch observed at the outset of certain paroxysms of fever, hysteria, etc.: sometimes, somewhat incorrectly, used in the sense of ‘yawning.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pandiculation pan-dik-ū-lā′shun the act of stretching one's self after sleep, &c.: restlessness before fever, hysteria, &c.: yawning
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pandiculari, to stretch one's self, fr. pandere, to spread out
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pandiculāri, -ātus, to stretch one's self out.

Usage


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