nocturnal

[Noc*tur┬Ěnal]

If something is nocturnal, it belongs to or is active at night. That includes vampires, owls that like to hunt by moonlight, and that roommate who stays up playing video games until the wee hours of the morning.

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Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal.

Adjective
belonging to or active during the night; "nocturnal animals are active at night"; "nocturnal plants have flowers that open at night and close by day"

Adjective S.
of or during or relating to the night; "a nocturnal journey"; "nocturnal stillness"; "nocturnal predators"

Adjective
of or relating to or occurring in the night; "nocturnal darkness"


a.
Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal.

a.
Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects.

n.
An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea.


Nocturnal

Noc*tur"nal , a. [L. nocturnalis, nocturnus, fr. nox, noctis, night. See Night, and cf. Nocturn.] 1. Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal. Dryden. 2. Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects.

Nocturnal

Noc*tur"nal, n. An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea. I. Watts.

Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal.

An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea.

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Usage Examples

All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

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Other Usage Examples

What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?

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