break of day

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n break of day the first light of day "we got up before dawn","they talked until morning"
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book --I call that vicious!”
  • Horace Mann
    Horace%20Mann
    “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”
  • Mervyn Peake
    Mervyn Peake
    “Each day I live in a glass room unless I break it with the thrusting of my senses and pass through the splintered walls to the great landscape.”

Usage

In literature:

At break of day ascended the mount, which is composed of a soft white coarse sandstone.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart
Before going to bed, I desired a black servant of Mr. Marchinton's to call me about day-break, as I desired to go out and pick berries.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
When the day breaks, you know, and one day and another passes, you'll forget even to think of it.
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
Yet he says the brigade surgeon told him to-day he is on the verge of a nervous break-down.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
There were no signs yet of the break of day.
"The Czar's Spy" by William Le Queux
After this halt, he moved forward, while it was yet dark, with the intention of reaching the enemy, and attacking them at break of day.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
They dragged him out into the light of breaking day.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
And at the end lies the collapse of our rotten society, which breaks up more and more each day before our eyes.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
I went out of town, Johnson, at day-break.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
At break of day the guards informed him that they had seen a vessel a good distance from land.
"Trips to the Moon" by Lucian
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In poetry:

Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray,
And when I cross'd the Wild,
I chanc'd to see at break of day
The solitary Child.
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
The captain lookit o'er the wall,
About the break of day;
There he beheld the three Scots lads
Pursued along the way.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
The creditor calleth,
The dread decree falleth,
The awful day breaking
God's creatures sets quaking
In fear of His judgment.
"Judgment" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
At day-break on a hill they stood
That overlook'd the Moor;
And thence they saw the Bridge of Wood
A furlong from their door.
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
Milk-white blossoms fade away;
Quenched in night the moony ray;
Dews are dead at break of day;
Fancies droop all wan and gray.
"Aspirations" by Mathilde Blind
Now, did He really break the seal
And rise again? We dare not say;
But conscious unbelievers feel
Quite sure of Judgement Day.
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden

In news:

If you've followed any of our post-election coverage the past few days, you've likely seen our series of interactive maps breaking down Chatham County voting results by precinct.
Who's getting the best deal SPIN breaks down the reported salaries of singing show judges per episode and per day.
The breaking point for the Royals with struggling left-hander Jonathan Sánchez remains, apparently, far down the road despite another wretched outing Saturday in a 7-2 loss to Minnesota in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.
The Best Workout Time Is If you're routinely breaking a sweat, no matter what time of day you squeeze it in, then your body's already thanking you.
The tech giant's market value now exceeds $623 billion, breaking the record set by Microsoft during the halcyon days of the late 1990s dotcom bubble.
Olin Pickens, 89, comforts Nadia Martinez, from Barcelona, Spain, as she breaks down into tears after thanking Pickens for his sacrifices while they stand on Juno Beach, the landing site of the Canadian forces on D-Day.
Sister Simone Campbell leads her fellow Catholic sisters in a two-day tour of Colorado bringing attention to the need to end tax breaks for the wealthy.
Two of those days did not break 40.
With 12 wins in the last 13 games since the All-Star break, there isn't much these days to complain about in Laker Land, save perhaps the suspended status of Andrew Bynum.
After a one-day break from an ozone health watch, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a health watch for ground-level ozone for Tuesday.
Heading home after a long busy day at work, you hustle and push your way through the crowds of tourists and slow-pokes, walking as fast as you can without looking like you're rushing or about to break a sweat.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been relatively quiet since releasing 'Mojo' last year, but they'll break their silence in honor of Record Store Day's Black Friday on November 25.
With the high cost of popping plugs these days, it's logical to use a leader to reduce break-offs.
Orioles will enjoy their first day off since the All-Star break today, ending a string of 20 games in 20 days.
The Blog is enjoying a two-week end of year break, using up all the holiday days which should have been used up during the summer but somehow weren't.
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In science:

To further break integerday sampling (∼2-day sampling in particular), we also employed a scheme to re-observe the stars of a given sequence the following night before resuming observations of the other sequence, thereby obtaining a ∼1-day sampling (i.e. observations were carried out as ABBAABAB etc.).
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
The situation in financial markets is more complicate than this and one observes that when τ increases over a certain value (a few days for market indexes and a few weeks for individual stocks) the scaling breaks down and the the shape of a Gaussian, as predicted by the random-walk hypothesis, is recovered.
Scaling and Multi-scaling in Financial Markets
The lack of data during the first few days after the burst did not allow us to give a more accurate interpretation of this break.
The red optical afterglow of GRB 030725
The P-L relation of LMC has a break of slope at P = 10 days.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
The character of the period dependence of the parameters shown in Figures 15 & 16 holds also for the short-period Cepheids with P < 10 days with the exception that the LMC-based parameters may change slope at 10 days, because of the break of the LMC P-L relations at this period (Paper II).
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
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