Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To write in a scholarly fashion; produce scholarship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To work diligently by artificial light; to study at night.
  • v. To work or write like a scholar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To study by candlelight or a lamp; to study by night.
  • transitive v. To elaborate, perfect, or compose, by night study or by laborious endeavor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To study earnestly or laboriously, as by candle-light; think closely or seriously; meditate.
  • To elaborate, as by laborious night study.

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

  • v. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Etymologies

Latin lūcubrāre, lūcubrāt-, to work at night by lamplight; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lūcubrātus, perfect passive participle of lūcubrō ("work by candlelight"), from lūx ("light"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But in vain will our Fathers have hungered and toiled; in vain will they have fought on the ensanguined field for these inestimable principles; if ignorance prevents their sons from enjoying the fruits of their victory: -- In vain may the legislator lucubrate over the mid night lamp in digesting equal laws: -- In vain may the erudite Judge preside on the bench, if ignorant Juries decide the fact, and apply the law.

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  • They ruminate and lucubrate on such seemingly small things, and never stop turning them over in their minds. key to diagnostic and therapeutic medicine.

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