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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"
of or relating to or occurring in the night
Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects; raccoons are nocturnal.; -- of animals.
Primarily active during the night.
Taking place at night.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: nocturnus, Latin.
From gilded roofs depending lamps display
Nocturnal beams, that emulate the day. Dryden.
I beg leave to make you a present of a dream, which may serve to lull your readers ’till such time as you yourself shall gratify the public with any of your nocturnal discoveries. Add.
An instrument by which observations are made in the night.
That projection of the stars which includes all the stars in our horizon, and therefore reaches to the thirty-eight degree and a half of southern latitude, though its centre is the north pole, gives us a better view of the heavenly bodies as they appear every night to us; and it may serve for a nocturnal, and shew the true hour of the night. Isaac Watts.
Nocturnality is an animal behavior characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. The common adjective is "nocturnal", versus diurnal meaning the opposite. Nocturnal creatures generally have highly developed senses of hearing, smell, and specially adapted eyesight. Some animals, such as cats and ferrets, have eyes that can adapt to both low-level and bright day levels of illumination (see metaturnal). Others, such as bushbabies and (some) bats, can function only at night. Many nocturnal creatures including tarsiers and some owls have large eyes in comparison with their body size to compensate for the lower light levels at night. More specifically, they have been found to have a larger cornea relative to their eye size than diurnal creatures to increase their visual sensitivity: in the low-light conditions. Nocturnality helps wasps, such as Apoica flavissima, avoid hunting in intense sunlight. Diurnal animals, including squirrels and songbirds, are active during the daytime. Crepuscular species, such as rabbits, skunks, tigers and hyenas, are often erroneously referred to as nocturnal. Cathemeral species, such as fossas and lions, are active both in the day and at night.
of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal
having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects
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.]
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
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
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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species that fly or are active at night.
The numerical value of nocturnal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of nocturnal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of nocturnal in a Sentence
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 can not have effects.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
The smell, the nocturnal stillness, the dance of droplets and the moonlight on the road. The perfect sense.
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.
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.
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- nocturnCatalan, Valencian
- nächtlich, nachtaktivGerman
- νυκτερινός, νυχτιάτικος, νυχτερινός, νυκτόβιοςGreek
- nokturnaalinen, [[yö]]-, yöllinen, öinenFinnish
- nachtlik, [[nacht]]-Western Frisian
- रात काHindi
- éjszakai, éjjeliHungarian
- [[nacht]]-, nachtelijkDutch
- nocturno, noturnoPortuguese
- ночно́й, ночнойRussian
- nattaktiv, [[natt]]-, [[aktiv]] om [[natten]]Swedish
- gececil, Gece gündüz, geceye ait, noktürnal, geceleyin olanTurkish
- رات کو جاگنے والےUrdu
- về đêmVietnamese
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