• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nocturn An office of devotion, or act of religious service, by night.
    • Nocturn One of the portions into which the Psalter was divided, each consisting of nine psalms, designed to be used at a night service.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The kakapo is a nocturnal burrowing parrot of New Zealand that has a green body with brown and yellow markings. Its name is from Maori and means "night parrot."
    • nocturn Of the night; nightly.
    • n nocturn In the early Christian ch., one of several services recited at midnight or between midnight and dawn, and consisting chiefly of psalms and prayers. Later, in both the Greek and Latin churches, these were said just before daybreak, as one service, including both matins and lauds. In the Roman Catholic Church, matins consist sometimes of only one nocturn, and sometimes of three. See matin, 2.
    • n nocturn The part of the psalter used at nocturns, or the division used at each nocturn.
    • n nocturn Same as nocturne, 1.
    • n nocturn An organism whose color is different at night from what it is in the daytime. Also nocturne.
    • nocturn To be different in color at night from what it is in the daytime; be a nocturn. Also nocturne.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mongooses were brought to Hawaii to kill rats. This plan failed because rats are nocturnal while the mongoose hunts during the day.
    • n Nocturn nok′turn in the early church, a service of psalms and prayers at midnight or at daybreak: a portion of the psalter used at nocturns.
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Every woman is like a time-zone. She is a nocturnal fragment of your journey. She brings you unflaggingly closer to the next night.”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. nocturne, fr. L. nocturnus,. See Nocturnal, and cf. Nocturne
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. nocturne—L. nocturnusnox, noctis, night.


In literature:

The fascinating Scherzo and dreamy Nocturne followed.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
The nocturne had begun.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
The day, unless illuminated by her beauty, is, to my eyes, of nocturnal darkness.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
They used a nocturnal, read by touch, to help keep time at night by taking the altitude of the stars.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
I will now relate a few incidents attending these nocturnal excursions.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
And he had begun a nocturne that amused him.
"Lady Connie" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He had chosen the right attendant for this nocturnal visit.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
What was the meaning of this long nocturnal pacing?
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
It is an early morning or rather a nocturnal fish, and grows to a weight of 3 lb or 4 lb.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various

In poetry:

What means my name to you?…T'will die
As does the melancholy murmur
Of distant waves or, of a summer,
The forest's hushed nocturnal sigh.
"Lyric written in 1830" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
We were born of mothers of heaven and earth
and of powers with no end in view,
nocturnal wills and wills of light
with names that no one knew.
"Man's Multiplicity" by Karin Boye
She hailed from a very distant country,
Nocturnal child of ancient times;
She had no kin to greet her entry
Not even skies with a welcome shine.
"Snow Maiden" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Past porches and pavements and people
It plunged with its powerful light
Through streets in nocturnal confusion
Deep into the blackness of night.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak
Since the last revolving dawn
Scatter'd the nocturnal cloud,
O, how many souls have gone,
Unprepar'd, to meet their God!
Yet thou dost prolong my breath,
Nor hast seal'd my eyes in death.
"Jesus," by Augustus Montague Toplady
The curve of your eyes embraces my heart
A ring of sweetness and dance
halo of time, sure nocturnal cradle,
And if I no longer know all I have lived through
It’s that your eyes have not always been mine.
"The Curve Of Your Eyes" by Paul Eluard

In news:

The Dark Side of Night— A Grim Gotham Nocturne .
Opossums are nocturnal, often going about their business unnoticed.
Lastly, some lucky individuals are able to so fully melt into pleasure that they can experience multiple orgasms , nocturnal orgasms and/or a blend of all the above.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Stars.
Grace Potter, recently called "the best female singer in the country right now" by USA Today, is bringing her band, The Nocturnals, back to one of her favorite venues for a Wednesday concert at Cain's Ballroom .
Witnessing a nocturnal blooming .
Nocturne is proud to return to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tiger Jam benefit in Las Vegas.
From the first Tiger Jam featuring the Eagles (1998), and later shows starring Christina Aguilera (2000), Prince (2004), and Bon Jovi (2003), Nocturne has provided video support for the event.
Grace Potter, recently called "the best female singer in the country right now" by USA Today, is bringing her band, The Nocturnals, back to one of her favorite venues for a Wednesday concert at Cain 's Ballroom.
I'll have the winner after 9 during Nocturnal Emissions, so listen on air and online.
Tom McDermott explains Connie Jones and ' Creole Nocturne'.
Hanna Montana Goes Live With Nocturne.
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends.
PRG provided lighting and Nocturne provided video for Lennox's tour.
An owl's nocturnal vision is legendary.

In science:

The astrolabe, of course, but also the nocturnal, armillary spheres, cross staff, quadrant, dioptra, and (on p. 193) that funny-looking star-burst on a stick that old astronomers (we mean 15th century or something, not ourselves) are sometimes shown holding.
Astrophysics in 2006