from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Break of day; the dawn.


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  • And in this stretch of ocean, lookouts were mastheaded at day-dawn and kept mastheaded until twilight of evening, when the Mary


  • Then said she, “O Masrur day-dawn draweth nigh and there is naught for it save to fly for fear of scandal and spy!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The Arcadians were thereby induced under cover of night to mount on to the summit of the hill overhanging the Eleians, and at day-dawn they began their descent upon the enemy.


  • The Thracians, having achieved this success, kept up a continual shouting and clatter of conversation to one another during the night; but with day-dawn they marshalled themselves right round the knoll on which the Hellenes were encamped — both cavalry in large numbers and light-armed troops — while every minute the stream of new-comers grew greater.


  • And so they spent the night, but with day-dawn the generals led the way into the natural fastness, and the others picked up their arms and baggage and followed the lead.


  • [If it be winter, the hour will be sunrise, or if summer, before day-dawn, and in the other seasons at some hour midway.]

    On Hunting

  • Birdalone came ashore at the said isle at the day-dawn, and saw but little change in the isle when it grew light, and still the castle stood looking down awfully on to the meadows.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • I will send away by day-dawn another fellow upon another beast for what thou hast written; and I charge thee on thy allegiance, that thou dispatch him not back empty-handed.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • To this Miss Howe it was, Mrs. Moore said, she supposed, that my spouse was so desirous to dispatch a man and horse, by day-dawn, with a letter she wrote before she went to bed last night, proposing to stay no longer than till she had received an answer to it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Before day-dawn, Judge Thatcher and the handful of searchers with him were tracked out, in the cave, by the twine clews they had strung behind them, and informed of the great news.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


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