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The Collaborative Dictionary

Yearn \Yearn\ (y[~e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yearned; p. pr. & vb. n. Yearning.] [Also earn, ern; probably a corruption of OE. ermen to grieve, AS. ierman, yrman, or geierman, geyrman, fr. earm wretched, poor; akin to D. & G. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms. The y- in English is perhaps due to the AS. ge (see Y-).] To pain; to grieve; to vex. [Obs.] "She laments, sir, for it, that it would yearn your heart to see it." --Shak. [1913 Webster] It yearns me not if men my garments wear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
yearning \yearn"ing\, n.
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need. Syn: longing. [WordNet 1.5]
yearning \yearn"ing\, adj.
full of longing or unfulfilled desire. Syn: wistful. [WordNet 1.5]

Word Net

yearning adj : full of longing or unfulfilled desire; "those wistful little ads that the lovelorn place in the classifieds" [syn: wistful] n : prolonged unfulfilled desire or need [syn: longing]

Moby Thesaurus

Amor, Christian love, Eros, Heimweh, Platonic love, aching, admiration, adoration, affection, agape, ardency, ardor, attachment, bodily love, brotherly love, caritas, charity, conjugal love, desiderium, desire, devotion, faithful love, fancy, fervor, flame, fondness, free love, free-lovism, hankering, heart, hero worship, homesick, homesickness, honing, idolatry, idolism, idolization, languishing, languishment, lasciviousness, libido, like, liking, longing, love, lovemaking, mal du pays, maladie du pays, married love, nostalgia, nostalgic, nostomania, passion, physical love, pining, popular regard, popularity, regard, sentiment, sex, sexual love, shine, spiritual love, tender feeling, tender passion, truelove, uxoriousness, weakness, wishful, wistful, worship, yearnful, yen




  1. A wistful or melancholy longing.
    She had a yearning to see her long-lost sister again.


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  1. present participle of yearn
Yearning (1995) is a collaborative album by ambient musician Robert Rich and sarod player Lisa Moskow. It is based on the classical Indian musical form known as alap. Alap is the first and slowest section of a raga. The music on this album is comprised of Moskow’s sarod solos set against Rich’s classic droning ambiences.

Track listing

  1. ”part 1: Bija” – 10:30
  2. ”part 2: Suspension” – 9:50
  3. ”part 3: Nada” – 8:50
  4. ”part 4: Kali” – 7:50
  5. ”part 5: A Thousand Tears” – 11:40
  6. ”part 6: The Mirror” – 10:56


  • Robert Rich - flutes, electronics, gliss guitar, santur, percussion, sound design
  • Lisa Moskow - sarod
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