What does day mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word day.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. day, twenty-four hours, twenty-four hour period, 24-hour interval, solar day, mean solar daynoun

    time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis

    "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there are 30,000 passengers per day"

  2. daynoun

    some point or period in time

    "it should arrive any day now"; "after that day she never trusted him again"; "those were the days"; "these days it is not unusual"

  3. daynoun

    a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance

    "Mother's Day"

  4. day, daytime, daylightnoun

    the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside

    "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"

  5. daynoun

    the recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working)

    "my day began early this morning"; "it was a busy day on the stock exchange"; "she called it a day and went to bed"

  6. daynoun

    an era of existence or influence

    "in the day of the dinosaurs"; "in the days of the Roman Empire"; "in the days of sailing ships"; "he was a successful pianist in his day"

  7. daynoun

    the period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis

    "how long is a day on Jupiter?"

  8. sidereal day, daynoun

    the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day

  9. daynoun

    a period of opportunity

    "he deserves his day in court"; "every dog has his day"

  10. Day, Clarence Day, Clarence Shepard Day Jr.noun

    United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935)


  1. Daynoun

    The time of light, or interval between one night and the next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to darkness; hence, the light; sunshine; -- also called daytime.


  1. daynoun

    Any period of 24 hours.

    I've been here for 2 and a bit days.

  2. daynoun

    A period from midnight to the following midnight.

    The day begins at midnight.

  3. daynoun

    Rotational period of a planet (especially earth).

    A day on Mars is slightly over 24 hours.

  4. daynoun

    The part of a day period which one spends at one's job, school, etc.

    I worked two days last week.

  5. daynoun

    Part of a day period between sunrise and sunset where one enjoys daylight, daytime.

  6. daynoun

    A specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time.

    Every dog has its day.

  7. daynoun

    A period of contention of a day or less.

    The day belonged to the Allies.

  8. dayverb

    To spend a day (in a place).

  9. Daynoun

    A Mbum-Day language of Chad.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DAYnoun

    Etymology: dæg, Saxon.

    Why stand ye here all the day idle? Mat. xx. 6.

    Of night impatient, we demand the day;
    The day arrives, then for the night we pray:
    The night and day successive come and go,
    Our lasting pains no interruption know. Richard Blackmore, Creation.

    Or object new
    Casual discourse draws on, which intermits
    Our day’s work. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 224.

    How many hours bring about the day?
    How many days will finish up the year? William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness. Rom. xiii. 13.

    The West yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
    Now spurs the lated traveller apace,
    To gain the timely inn. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Around the fields did nimble lightning play,
    Which offer’d us by fits, and snatch’d the day:
    ’Midst this was heard the shrill and tender cry
    Of well-pleas’d ghosts, which in the storm did fly. Dryden.

    Yet are we able only to survey
    Dawnings of beams, and promises of day. Matthew Prior.

    After him reigned Gutheline his heir,
    The justest man, and truest, in his days. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    I think, in these days, one honest man is obliged to acquaint another who are his friends. Alexander Pope.

    We have, at this time of day, better and more certain means of information than they had. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    His name struck fear, his conduct won the day;
    He came, he saw, he seiz’d the struggling prey. Wentworth Dillon.

    The noble thanes do bravely in the war;
    The day almost itself professes your’s,
    And little is to do. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Would you th’ advantage of the fight delay,
    If, striking first, you were to win the day? Dryden.

    Or if my debtors do not keep their day,
    Deny their hands, and then refuse to pay,
    I must with patience all the terms attend. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    The field of Agincourt,
    Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Bavaria hath been taught, that merit and service doth oblige the Spaniard but from day to day. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.


  1. day

    A day is a unit of time that represents the period of 24 hours during which the Earth completes one rotation on its axis. It is typically divided into 24 equal parts called hours and is commonly used to measure and organize human activities and events.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daynoun

    the time of light, or interval between one night and the next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to darkness; hence, the light; sunshine

  2. Daynoun

    the period of the earth's revolution on its axis. -- ordinarily divided into twenty-four hours. It is measured by the interval between two successive transits of a celestial body over the same meridian, and takes a specific name from that of the body. Thus, if this is the sun, the day (the interval between two successive transits of the sun's center over the same meridian) is called a solar day; if it is a star, a sidereal day; if it is the moon, a lunar day. See Civil day, Sidereal day, below

  3. Daynoun

    those hours, or the daily recurring period, allotted by usage or law for work

  4. Daynoun

    a specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time

  5. Daynoun

    (Preceded by the) Some day in particular, as some day of contest, some anniversary, etc

  6. Etymology: [OE. day, dai, dei, AS. dg; akin to OS., D., Dan., & Sw. dag, G. tag, Icel. dagr, Goth. dags; cf. Skr. dah (for dhagh ?) to burn. 69. Cf. Dawn.]


  1. Day

    A day is a unit of time. In common usage, it is an interval equal to 24 hours. It also can mean the consecutive period of time during which the Sun is above the horizon of a location, also known as daytime. The period of time measured from local noon to the following local noon is called a solar day. Several definitions of this universal human concept are used according to context, need and convenience. In 1967, the second was redefined in terms of the wavelength of light, and it became the SI base unit of time. The unit of measurement for time called "day", redefined in 1967 as 86,400 SI seconds and symbolized d, is not an SI unit, but it is accepted for use with SI. A civil day is usually also 86,400 seconds, plus or minus a possible leap second in Coordinated Universal Time UTC, and, in some locations, occasionally plus or minus an hour when changing from or to daylight saving time. The word day may also refer to a day of the week or to a calendar date, as in answer to the question "On which day?" Day also refers to the part of the day that is not night — also known as daytime. The life patterns of humans and many other species are related to Earth's solar day and the cycle of day and night.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Day

    dā, n. the time of light, from sunrise to sunset: the time from morning till night: twenty-four hours, the time the earth takes to make a revolution on her axis—this being the solar or natural day as distinguished from the sidereal day, between two transits of the same star: a man's period of existence or influence: a time or period.—ns. Day′-bed (Shak.), a couch or sofa; Day′-blind′ness, a defect of vision, in which objects are best seen by a dim light; Day′-book, a book in which merchants, &c., enter the transactions of every day; Day′break; Day′-coal, the upper stratum of coal; Day′-dream, a dreaming or musing while awake; Day′-fly, a fly which lives in its perfect form only for a day, one of the ephemera; Day′-lā′bour; Day′-lā′bourer; Day′light; Day′-lil′y, a flower whose blossoms last only for a day, the hemerocallis.—adj. Day′long, during the whole day.—ns. Day′-peep (Milt.), the dawn; Day′-schol′ar, a boy who attends a boarding-school during the school-hours, but boards at home; Day′-school, a school held during the day, as opposed both to a night-school and to a boarding-school; Day′-sight = night-blindness; Days′man, one who appoints a day to hear a cause: an umpire; Day′spring, dawn; Day′star, the morning star; Day′time.—adj. Day′-wea′ried (Shak.), wearied with the work of the day.—n. Day′-work.—Day by day, daily; Day of doom, the judgment day; Days of grace, three days allowed for payment of bills, &c., beyond the day named.—Name the day, to fix the day of marriage.—One of these days, an indefinite reference to the near future.—The day, the time spoken of: (Scot.) to-day; The other day, not long ago; The time of day, a greeting, as, 'to give a person the time of day,' to greet him. [A.S. dæg; Ger. tag; not conn. with L. dies.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. day

    The astronomical day is reckoned from noon to noon, continuously through the twenty-four hours, like the other days. It commences at noon, twelve hours after the civil day, which itself begins twelve hours after the nautical day, so that the noon of the civil day, the beginning of the astronomical day, and the end of the nautical day, occur at the same moment. (See the words SOLAR and SIDEREAL.)

Editors Contribution

  1. day

    A unit of specified and known amount of time on planet earth.

    On planet earth a day is 24 hours, on other planets it can be another amount of hours.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 10, 2016  

  2. day

    A unit of specified and known time on a planet.

    Time on other planets is a different amount to our perceived time..

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DAY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Day is ranked #294 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Day surname appeared 105,091 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 36 would have the surname Day.

    83% or 87,310 total occurrences were White.
    10.4% or 10,972 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 2,522 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 2,070 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 1,135 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 1,072 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'day' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #138

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'day' in Written Corpus Frequency: #166

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'day' in Nouns Frequency: #6

Anagrams for day »

  1. yad

  2. d'ya

  3. ady

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of day in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of day in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of day in a Sentence

  1. Eric Angely:

    David Pottier said of United States. Thepandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, infecting 6.6 million people, killing over 391,000 and devastating economies.It poses a particular threat to the elderly like the surviving D-Day veterans who are in their late nineties or older. It has also affected the younger generations who turn out every year to mark the occasion. Most have been barred from traveling to the windswept coasts of American Normandy. In this photo taken on Thursday, June 4, 2020, two people stop to look at an information board at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Some 160,000 soldiers made the perilous crossing from England that day in atrocious conditions, storming dunes which they knew were heavily defended by German troops determined to hold their positions. Somehow, they succeeded. Yet they left a trail of thousands of casualties who have been mourned for generations since. Last year stood out, with U.S. President Donald Trump joining his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. A smattering of veterans were honored with the highest accolades. All across the beaches of American Normandy tens of thousands came from across the globe to pay their respects to the dead and laud the surviving soldiers. The acrid smell of wartime-era jeep exhaust fumes and the rumble of old tanks filled the air as parades of vintages vehicles went from village to village. The tiny roads between the dunes, hedges and apple orchards were clogged for hours, if not days. FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Heading into the D-Day remembrance weekend this year, only the salty brine coming off the ocean on Omaha Beach hits the nostrils, the shrieks of seagulls pierce the ears and a sense of desolation hangs across the regions country roads. Last year this place was full with jeeps, trucks, people dressed up as soldiers.

  2. Caitlyn Jenner:

    It was voting day and I thought the only thing out here in California that I worry about, which affects people, is the propositions that were out there, and I didn't see any propositions that I really had Election Day or the other. And so Election Day was Election Day and I just couldn't get excited about Election Day. And I just wound up going to play golf and I said,' I'm not doing Election Day.'.

  3. Marcus Low:

    It leaves us with one less caregiver to be on assignment, and that leaves us short-staffed. Public health experts say testing delays present a major hurdle to reducing infections and tracking those who have been in close contact with a person who is positive for the virus. Thats why researchers are working to develop rapid tests that can be cheaply produced, self-administered and provide immediate, reliable results. For now, most tests to diagnose COVID-19 require laboratory processing, which means a built-in delay. Guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that states, as they lift final virus restrictions, have a turnaround time of less than two days. But its unclear whether states have access to detailed data showing whether they are meeting the CDC standard, including how long it takes to process tests at independent labs. Labs track their own turnaround times, but the CDC said data such as how long it takes for a test to get to a lab and for a provider to receive the result and notify the patient are not tracked. That makes it difficult to determine a meaningful average of what patients are experiencing in each state. In the absence of publicly available federal data, the AP earlier this month surveyed nine states that were experiencing a 14-day uptick in new positive cases, plus New York, which has had the most COVID-19 cases. The state lab in New York was taking up to three days to report results to patients. California officials said the statewide turnaround time was 48 to 72 hours, depending on the lab. In Utah, anecdotal information suggested that results took 24 to 72 hours. Most of the 10 states surveyed said they did not have data on turnaround times for commercial labs in their state, creating another information gap. Health experts said this was not unusual, that state health departments have not typically been responsible for tracking individual laboratory turnaround times. Its a good question of who should be responsible for tracking this information and providing it back to the public, said Kelly Wroblewski, director of infectious diseases with the Association of Public Health Laboratories. There are other factors that can cause delays, from the time of day the test is taken to whether a lab shuts down for the evening. Staffing issues and shortages of testing supplies also can slow the process. Even people visiting the same testing location can have widely different experiences. Earlier this month, Jeff Barnes, a music therapist in metro Atlanta, went to the same drive-thru testing location a week after his wife and two daughters. They were still waiting when he received his results the next day. Theirs wouldnt come for seven days. Barnes said he was concerned what a similar delay would mean if schools reopen in the fall. They are going to have to make it more efficient, Barnes said. If I knew (my daughter) was in a classroom with 20 kids and 10 of them had results pending, I dont know that I would send her. Until rapid tests are widely available, health experts say it will continue to take a day or two to get results under the best circumstances. That creates more opportunities for people who might be infected but feel fine to pass the virus along to others. In late April and May, the state lab in Alabama had trouble acquiring reagents, the chemical substances used to process tests. That led to intermittent delays in reporting results, up to five days from when the lab received the specimen, according to Dr. Karen Landers, assistant state health officer with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Those problems have since been resolved, and the lab now has a turnaround time between 24 and 72 hours from the time it receives samples. One of the largest commercial laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, recently reported its average turnaround time as one day for priority patients and two to three days for all other populations. The company said it expects increased demand to result in longer waits of more than thee days. Other countries face similar challenges. Wait times in China vary by city, from as little as one day in Shanghai to four days in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged. In Japan, tests usually yield results within two days. Mandatory tests, such as those at airports, often come out sooner, according to the health ministry. Results in India initially took around 24 hours. But as infections and testing increased, so did delays. Now results often take two to three days or as long as a week, depending on location. The nearly two-week wait in South Africa makes effective treatment nearly impossible.

  4. Epictetus:

    If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself 'I used to be angry every day then every other day now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.

  5. Ron DeSantis:

    I can tell you in four years, you did n’t see our administration leaking like a sieve, you did n’t see a lot of drama or palace intrigue, what you saw was surgical, precision execution. Day after day after day. And because we did that, we beat the left day after day after day.

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    a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
    • A. profaneness
    • B. tithe
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