from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dreamlike musing or fantasy while awake, especially of the fulfillment of wishes or hopes.
  • intransitive verb To have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A reverie; a castle in the air; a visionary fancy, especially of wishes gratified or hopes fulfilled, indulged in when awake; an extravagant conceit of the fancy or imagination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A vain fancy speculation; a reverie; a castle in the air; unfounded hope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A spontaneous and fanciful series of thoughts while awake not connected to immediate reality.
  • verb To have such a series of thoughts; to woolgather.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun absentminded dreaming while awake
  • verb have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake
  • verb have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy


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