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nɒkˈtɜr nlnoc·tur·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nocturnaladjective

    belonging to or active during the night

    "nocturnal animals are active at night"; "nocturnal plants have flowers that open at night and close by day"

  2. nocturnaladjective

    of or relating to or occurring in the night

    "nocturnal darkness"

GCIDE

  1. Nocturnaladjective

    Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects; raccoons are nocturnal.; -- of animals.

    Etymology: [L. nocturnalis, nocturnus, fr. nox, noctis, night. See Night, and cf. Nocturn.]

Wiktionary

  1. nocturnaladjective

    Primarily active during the night.

  2. nocturnaladjective

    Taking place at night.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nocturnaladjective

    of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal

    Etymology: [L. nocturnalis, nocturnus, fr. nox, noctis, night. See Night, and cf. Nocturn.]

  2. Nocturnaladjective

    having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects

    Etymology: [L. nocturnalis, nocturnus, fr. nox, noctis, night. See Night, and cf. Nocturn.]

  3. Nocturnalnoun

    an instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea

    Etymology: [L. nocturnalis, nocturnus, fr. nox, noctis, night. See Night, and cf. Nocturn.]

Freebase

  1. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal is the debut album from hip hop duo Heltah Skeltah, consisting of members Rock and Ruck, members of Brooklyn supergroup Boot Camp Clik. It was the first BCC album to feature some outside producers, such as Shawn J. Period and E-Swift.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nocturnal

    nok-tur′nal, adj. pertaining to night: happening by night: nightly.—n. an instrument for observations in the night.—adv. Noctur′nally.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. nocturnal

    An instrument chiefly used at sea, to take the altitude or depression of some of the stars about the pole, in order to find the latitude and the hour of the night.

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Entomology

  1. Nocturnal

    species that fly or are active at night.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nocturnal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nocturnal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of nocturnal in a Sentence

  1. Mathias Basner:

    Passive strategies, like new windows or insulation, can be very effective for nocturnal noise exposure, but should really be our last resort, noise that is not produced cannot have effects.

  2. Valentina Mella:

    Koalas are nocturnal animals, so they are only active at night, and they are arboreal, which means that they live in trees and rely on them for food, shelter and, as we just discovered, also for drinking, koalas actually spend 98% of their lives in trees and the only time they are on the ground is when they are trying to find another tree with a more generous food supply or a mate.

  3. Genette Hemley:

    Tigers are notoriously difficult animals to study, they’re nocturnal, they’re secretive, they live in dense forests. And so it is not an exact science, but it is getting better all the time.

  4. Ashima:

    The smell, the nocturnal stillness, the dance of droplets and the moonlight on the road. The perfect sense.

  5. Daniel Smith:

    The circadian system changes throughout life. If Kristen Knutson've got kids, Kristen Knutson know that very young kids tend to be nocturnal, my suspicion is that we might observe even more pronounced effects in younger samples, but that hasn't been done yet, to my knowledge.

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