• WordNet 3.6
    • v dawn become light "It started to dawn, and we had to get up"
    • v dawn become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him","she was penetrated with sorrow"
    • v dawn appear or develop "The age of computers had dawned"
    • n dawn the earliest period "the dawn of civilization","the morning of the world"
    • n dawn the first light of day "we got up before dawn","they talked until morning"
    • n dawn an opening time period "it was the dawn of the Roman Empire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The period between midnight and dawn is the best time to look for shooting stars. On a normal night you can see between five and ten an hour. In a desert, you can see one every eight minutes.
    • Dawn First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise. "The dawn of time.""These tender circumstances diffuse a dawn of serenity over the soul."
    • Dawn The break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise. "And oft at dawn , deep noon, or falling eve.""No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon,
      No dawn , no dusk, no proper time of day."
    • Dawn To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand. "In dawning youth.""When life awakes, and dawns at every line.""Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid."
    • Dawn To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns. "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene . . . to see the sepulcher."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dawn To become day; begin to grow light in the morning; grow light: as, the morning dawns.
    • dawn To begin to open or expand; begin to show intellectual light or power: as, his genius dawned.
    • dawn To begin to become visible in consequence of an increase of light or enlightenment, literally or figuratively; begin to open or appear: as, the truth dawns upon him.
    • n dawn The first appearance of daylight in the morning.
    • n dawn First opening or expansion; beginning; rise; first appearance: as, the dawn of intellect; the dawn of a new era.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dawn dawn to become day: to begin to grow light: to begin to appear
    • n Dawn daybreak: beginning.—Also Dawn′ing
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.”
  • Seneca
    “No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.”
  • Joaquin Miller
    Joaquin Miller
    “Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.”
  • J. Finod De
    J. Finod De
    “There is a French saying: Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love.”


Crack of dawn - The crack of dawn is very early in the morning.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dawnen, dawen, dagen, daien, AS. dagian, to become day, to dawn, fr. dæg, day; akin to D. dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas,. See Day. √71


In literature:

Sitting down on a coil of rope, we waited for the night to pass, longing for yet dreading the appearance of another dawn.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
Then her cheeks grew red, as though the rosy-fingered dawn had touched them, and the dawning of love came into her heart.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
On his wrinkled face a light dawned.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
But one gray dawn they found there was another not unlike him.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
The clock struck five, he looked out the window, startled by the first soft light of the dawn.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The next day dawned cloudy and grey, with a faint mildness in the air, indicating a thaw.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
The light faded, and dawn came.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Shif'less Sol was the first to awake, and it was scarcely dawn when he arose.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Yes, puir Reuben Judge, as dawn't matter to naebody, the Lord found un.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Garth, with his pipe and the mighty stillness to bear him company, remained on deck until dawn.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
The dawn's game began, and though it was yet dawn's dusk we went at a gallop.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
The fourth morning dawned cold and splendidly clear.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
Then it dawned on him why she was standing; he was between the door of escape and herself.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
She put her hands over her ears, but she still heard them till it was dawn.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The sky to the east was breaking; thin streaks of a lighter gray foretold the dawn.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
There is a mysterious fascination about that half-hour before the first glimmer of dawn.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
And the cock crowed, and the day dawned in the east, and the grave was only half dug.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The Norns, as it were to while away the heavy hour before dawn, spin and sing.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
When morning dawned thickly behind the leaden sky, the three men in the wheelhouse made out a top-gallant sail against the horizon.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Then in the pale dawn, a weary man, trudging afoot slowly up the hill into Harvey, met another going out into the fields.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White

In poetry:

Or through dawn-mist
The grey and rose
Of the juridical
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
Dawn harbours surely
East of the shadows.
Facing us somewhere
Spread the sweet meadows.
"Thick Is The Darkness" by William Ernest Henley
Enfolded in fragrance,
Entranc'd it lies,
Till the morning's dawn,
When it lightly flies
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Pulsing deeper, deeper,
Waves of fire throb on,
Never were such red roses
At sunset or dawn.
"Winter Sunset" by Katharine Tynan
At the dawn I seek Thee,
Rock and refuge tried,
In due service speak Thee
Morn and eventide.
"At The Dawn" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
E'en Russia's frozen north
Is dawning on our ken,
And sends Bakounine forth
To tell us it has men!
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones

In news:

No Red Dawn for Ratner.
Far-off fans savor Pack at dawn.
There have also been reports of a " fascist element" in the Greek police and deep connections to Golden Dawn for years.
Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is hitting theaters this week.
The tents came down shortly after dawn.
Dawn McCarthy is an adventurer.
The Dawn of Recorded Sound in America.
Spring is too many weeks away, but these tiny signs are such sweet reminders that we won't always be waking to frosty, black ice dawns.
Naval Base Ventura County hosts 'Red Dawn' premiere.
It took a movie with a zillion stars to do it, but 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' has finally been knocked off its perch at the top of the charts.
As they've done since the dawn of life, the worms crawl in and the worms crawl out —only now one of them is using wires and springs to do it.
Buyers and sellers mingle and negotiate deals before dawn at the Mina fish market in Abu Dhabi.
Dawn Langley Simmons, an author whose tumultuous life included a sex change operation and an interracial marriage that scandalized her adopted hometown, Charleston, S.C. Died on Sept 18 at her daughter's home there.
The trailer for 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2' shows some of the battles to come in the new film.
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2' will focus on the fight to protect Bella and Edward's daughter Renesmee.

In science:

At the dawn of inflation theory two prescriptions for the quantum state of the Universe were seriously considered as a source of initial conditions for inflation.
Tunneling cosmological state revisited: Origin of inflation with a non-minimally coupled Standard Model Higgs inflaton
With the startup of the LHC, we are at the dawn of a new era of particle physics.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
Rao, Karl Pearson chi-square test: The dawn of statistical inference, in: C.
Computing the confidence levels for a root-mean-square test of goodness-of-fit
Karl Pearson chi-square test: The dawn of statistical inference.
Computing the confidence levels for a root-mean-square test of goodness-of-fit, II
A golden age for heavy quarkonium physics dawned a decade ago, initiated by the confluence of exciting advances in quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and an explosion of related experimental activity.
Developments in heavy quarkonium spectroscopy
Domagoj Babi ´c, Lorenzo Martignoni, Stephen McCamant & Dawn Song (2011): Statically-directed dynamic automated test generation.
CTGEN - a Unit Test Generator for C
We are presently in the dawn of the top-physics era.
Top Physics Review and Outlook
Twentieth century dawned with Einstein’s relativity changing the ordinary belief on the nature of time, to reveal the four-dimensional spacetime structure of the world.
Structure behind Mechanics I: Foundation
This morphology is similar to the dawn-dusk asymmetry seen in EUVE data (Hall et al. 1994, Gladstone & Hall 1998).
Discovery of Soft X-Ray Emission from Io, Europa and the Io Plasma Torus
The rate for the dawn side region applies to both the smaller and larger source regions.
Discovery of Soft X-Ray Emission from Io, Europa and the Io Plasma Torus
The ACIS image also shows regions of diffuse emission on the dawn side and dusk side of the planet.
Discovery of Soft X-Ray Emission from Io, Europa and the Io Plasma Torus
In this case Io and Europa pass through the dawn side region of diffuse x-ray emission.
Discovery of Soft X-Ray Emission from Io, Europa and the Io Plasma Torus
However, the 504–621 eV image shows significant asymmetry with stronger emission on the dawn side where Io and Europa were located during the ACIS observations.
Discovery of Soft X-Ray Emission from Io, Europa and the Io Plasma Torus
The apparent x-ray line emission around 570 eV originates predominantly on the dawn side of the planet.
Discovery of Soft X-Ray Emission from Io, Europa and the Io Plasma Torus
The perimeter fencing lighting shall be accomplished with dusk to dawn utility fixtures on 20 ft high round steel fencing poles. These fixtures will have integral photocells.
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