from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The beginning of day; dawn.
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- n. Dawn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The time of the first appearance of light in the morning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dawn or first appearance of light in the morning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the first light of day
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The speaker circumvents the threat of potentially fatal contraction by becoming like the sun, by becoming what he beholds: "We also ascend dazzling and tremendous as the sun," and the daybreak is suddenly "calm and cool" (564-5).
He had come in at daybreak from the neighboring village, with the news that the old mother had been run over by a cart at the fair and could not travel for many days.
As the execution was to take place as soon as it should legally be daybreak, that is, about half-past four o'clock, the brothers did not go to bed but sat up in the workroom, feeling somewhat drowsy, and exchanging few words.
At last he consented that I should stay with him till just before daybreak, which is in that, as in most climates, the coolest time generally of the twenty-four hours.
When the freedman had ceased speaking, Vetranio sat up on the couch, called for a basin of water, dipped his fingers in the refreshing liquid, dried them abstractedly on the long silky curls of the singing-boy who stood beside him, gazed about him once more, repeated interrogatively the word 'daybreak', and sunk gently back upon his couch.
Original had "daybreak"; changed to "day-break" to be consistent with other occurrences in the text.
I am becoming a thin line as I walk toward the streak of daybreak light in front of me.
The sacred cross is the intersection of the cracks of daybreak and nightfall.
At daybreak, passengers were allowed in the terminal, only to board the same plane again for the flight to the Twin Cities.
It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.