from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.’
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
These thoughts are the product of centuries of Anglican pew-pandiculation; eat your heart out Pascal.
His shoulders hunched, his legs stretched to their toes, he made claws of his fingers in his hands—a fierce pandiculation of his limbs.
Imagine Kenneth Williams nasally saying the word, bursting with double entendre: "Oh yes, the first thing I do when I wake up is enjoy a prolonged pandiculation."
The pleasure we receive from a melodious succession of notes referable to the gamut is derived from another source, viz. to the pandiculation or counteraction of antagonist fibres.
From these experiments there is reason to conclude, that the fatigued part of the retina throws itself into a contrary mode of action, like oscitation or pandiculation, as soon as the stimulus which has fatigued it is withdrawn; and that it still remains sensible, that is, liable to be excited into action by any other colours at the same time, except the colour with which it has been fatigued.
From those experiments there is reason to conclude that the fatigued part of the retina throws itself into a contrary mode of action like oscitation or pandiculation, as soon as the stimulus, which has fatigued it, is withdrawn; but that it still remains liable to be excited into action by any other colours except the colour with which it has been fatigued.
When any of our larger muscles have been in long or in violent action, and their antagonists have been at the same time extended, as soon as the action of the former ceases, the limb is stretched the contrary way for our ease, and a pandiculation or yawning takes place.
The alternate exertions of the retina in the preceding section resembled the oscitation or pandiculation of the muscles, as they were performed in directions contrary to each other, and were the consequence of fatigue rather than of pain.
Word For The Day, Thursday, January 22, 2009 - pandiculation dictionaries ad nauseum, internet
My nephew told me, some years ago, that a little pandiculation was good for you, even before you get out of bed.