What does nightmare mean?

Definitions for nightmareˈnaɪtˌmɛər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nightmare, incubus(noun)

    a situation resembling a terrifying dream

  2. nightmare(noun)

    a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream

GCIDE

  1. Nightmare(n.)

    A trerrifying or oppressive dream characterized by a sense of helplessness in the face of danger, extreme uneasiness or discomfort (as of weight on the chest or stomach, impossibility of motion or speech, etc.) or extreme anxiety, from which one wakes in a troubled state of mind.

  2. Nightmare(n.)

    Hence: Any overwhelming, oppressive, or terrifying experience resembling a nightmare especially in the inability to escape from an unpleasant situation.

  3. Origin: [Night + mare incubus. See Mare incubus.]

Wiktionary

  1. nightmare(Noun)

    A female demon or monster, thought to plague people while they slept and cause a feeling of suffocation and terror during sleep.

  2. nightmare(Noun)

    A very bad or frightening dream.

    I had a nightmare that I tried to run but could neither move nor breathe.

  3. nightmare(Noun)

    Any bad, miserable, difficult or terrifying situation or experience that arouses anxiety, terror, agony or great displeasure.

    Cleaning up after identity theft can be a nightmare of phone calls and letters.

  4. Origin: From night + mare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nightmare(noun)

    a fiend or incubus formerly supposed to cause trouble in sleep

  2. Nightmare(noun)

    a condition in sleep usually caused by improper eating or by digestive or nervous troubles, and characterized by a sense of extreme uneasiness or discomfort (as of weight on the chest or stomach, impossibility of motion or speech, etc.), or by frightful or oppressive dreams, from which one wakes after extreme anxiety, in a troubled state of mind; incubus

  3. Nightmare(noun)

    hence, any overwhelming, oppressive, or stupefying influence

  4. Origin: [Night + mare incubus. See Mare incubus.]

Freebase

  1. Nightmare

    A nightmare is an unpleasant dream that can cause a strong emotional response from the mind, typically fear or horror, but also despair, anxiety and great sadness. The dream may contain situations of danger, discomfort, psychological or physical terror. Sufferers usually awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period of time. Nightmares can have physical causes such as sleeping in an uncomfortable or awkward position, having a fever, or psychological causes such as stress, anxiety, and ingestion of opioid drugs used in pain killers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Eating before going to sleep, which triggers an increase in the body's metabolism and brain activity, is a potential stimulus for nightmares. Recurrent nightmares that can interfere with sleeping patterns and cause insomnia may require medical help.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nightmare

    nīt′mār, n. a dreadful dream accompanied with pressure on the breast, and a feeling of powerlessness to move or speak—personified as an incubus or evil-spirit.—adj. Night′marish. [A.S. niht, night, mara, a nightmare; cf. Old High Ger. mara, incubus, Ice. mara, nightmare.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nightmare' in Nouns Frequency: #2034

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nightmare in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nightmare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Joyce:

    History is a nightmare from which we are trying to awaken.

  2. Van Roekel:

    For banks and insurance companies it might become a complete nightmare.

  3. Japanese Proverb:

    Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

  4. Kathy Barnes:

    This has been a nightmare, a very expensive nightmare, why won’t they do it?

  5. Alisha Armstrong:

    This was something that you see and hear in horror movies. This is a nightmare.

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