• WordNet 3.6
    • n yearning prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yearning The feeling of one who yearns; a strong feeling of tenderness, pity, or longing desire.
    • n yearning Rennet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yearning earnest desire, tenderness, or pity
    • n Yearning rennet
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    “In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.”
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    “He who is conceived in a cage, yearns for the cage.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.”
  • Brendan Francis
    Brendan Francis
    “At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.”
  • W. A. Clarke
    W. A. Clarke
    “Before marriage a man yearns for a woman. Afterward the y is silent.”


In literature:

His yearning was to stay in the neighborhood of Bellemore.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
Oh how my whole soul yearns towards him.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
Two of the expressions of sentiment of the day, by reason of their deep yearning and philosophic calm, somehow stand apart from others.
"A Social History of The American Negro" by Benjamin Brawley
She still yearned for him when she did not see him, even though she dreaded his ill-humor when he was nigh.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
Yet where there is the warm touch with Jesus there will come the yearning for purity, and the life of service.
"Quiet Talks on Service" by S. D. Gordon
The consciousness of something finer than his life had known aroused in him strange devotional impulses, unfamiliar yearnings.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
He told his stepmother's guests all about love and all about his own yearnings.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
It yearns to bring into being another upon whom it may freely lavish itself.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
In body and soul Mrs Browning felt strong yearnings for the calm of Casa Guidi.
"Robert Browning" by Edward Dowden
These restless yearnings and thirstings, remember, are the work of God.
"The Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray

In poetry:

This thought forever haunts my mind,
Some day to Thee I must return,
From Thee I came and backward yearn
My very fount and source to find.
"Lord Of The World" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Sometimes I hear, as 'twere a sigh,
The sea's deep yearning far above,
'Thou hast the secret not,' I cry,
'In deeper deeps is hid my Love.'
"The Miner" by James Russell Lowell
But vain is that pent-up yearning,
And wish for the summer gleam
That ran through my young existence,
Like the plot through a fairy's dream.
"The Old School-House" by Alexander Anderson
Moreover, having lived, and learned
The taste of Life's most bitter spring,
For all the sick this sister yearned —
The poor and suffering.
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
But she said when she saw me sad,
"Tho' the world be gloomy as fate,
And we yearn for the days to be glad,
Dear heart, we can afford to wait.
"Anticipation" by Madison Julius Cawein
Stood there before me, and, with gaze
I had been purblind not to see,
Said, ``I to you will, all my days,
Give what you yearn to give to me''?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Oh, the yearning and exquisite heartache.
Why do people yearn to possess wolves and other wild animals.
Ben Tupper's second Afghanistan book mines soldiers' yearnings and frustrations.
Many LDS gays struggle to cling to faith despite their yearnings .
) Oddly, Neuenschwander doesn't promote her work as controversial, saying in her artist statement that the figurines represent "a fresh look at who we are, and who we yearn to be".
Pakistani birthplace of Indian prime minister yearns for him to visit.
The routine dependability that so often eludes us in our careers or relationships is what we yearn for, and deserve, in each spoonful.
In the din , Jessica's voice is the one we yearn for.
Atlanta businessman Bobby Collier yearned to build a Lambo worthy of car shows and high-end establishments alike.
And that is exactly true for a group of siblings who are yearning to find a forever family.
This is the kind of announcement any governor would yearn to make.
While Darfur boils, Sudan 's forgotten yearn to go home.
Meet Bully, a 27 year old SuicideGirl who really loves puppies and yearns to be a kid again.
INTERVIEWS Hear Lemonade's Yearning Dance-Pop 'Softkiss'.
Yearning To Break Free Into The Wild Life Of A Librarian.

In science:

The astrophysicists yearned for physics providing a compelling set of physical laws.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Although all cosmic ray physicists yearn for an explanation of cosmic ray origins, it would be rash to assume that TeV astronomy has yet provided the smoking gun to solve this mystery.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
But there are many, including myself, who yearn for analytic methods that reveal the essence of the phenomena.
Geometry of Multihadron Production