• WordNet 3.6
    • v dream have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
    • v dream experience while sleeping "She claims to never dream","He dreamt a strange scene"
    • n dream a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe) "I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe"
    • n dream a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality "he went about his work as if in a dream"
    • n dream a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep "I had a dream about you last night"
    • n dream imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake "he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality"
    • n dream a cherished desire "his ambition is to own his own business"
    • n dream someone or something wonderful "this dessert is a dream"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Day Dreams Day Dreams
Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which Raleigh and Gilbert dreamed Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which...
Day-Dreaming Day-Dreaming
The morning was truly Venetian, soft and fair as a dream The morning was truly Venetian, soft and fair as a dream

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do
    • Dream A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy; a vagary; a revery; -- in this sense, applied to an imaginary or anticipated state of happiness; as, a dream of bliss; the dream of his youth. "There sober thought pursued the amusing theme,
      Till Fancy colored it and formed a dream ."
      "It is not them a mere dream , but a very real aim which they propose."
    • Dream The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision. "Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes.""I had a dream which was not all a dream ."
    • v. t Dream To have a dream of; to see, or have a vision of, in sleep, or in idle fancy; -- often followed by an objective clause. "Your old men shall dream dreams""At length in sleep their bodies they compose,
      And dreamt the future fight"
      "And still they dream that they shall still succeed"
    • Dream To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep; to experience sleeping visions; -- often with of; as, to dream of a battle, or of an absent friend.
    • Dream To let the mind run on in idle revery or vagary; to anticipate vaguely as a coming and happy reality; to have a visionary notion or idea; to imagine. "Here may we sit and dream Over the heavenly theme""They dream on in a constant course of reading, but not digesting"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that men become sexually aroused nearly every time they dream.
    • n dream A succession of images or fantastic ideas present in the mind during sleep; the sleeping state in which such images occur.
    • n dream That which is presented to the mind by the imaginative faculty, though not in sleep; a vision of the fancy, especially a wild or vain fancy.
    • dream To be partially, and with more or less confusion or incoherence, conscious of images and thoughts during sleep: with of before an object: as, to dream of a battle; to dream of an absent friend.
    • dream To think idly or dreamily; give way to visionary thought or speculation; indulge in reverie or waking visions.
    • dream To have indefinite thought or expectation; think of something as possible; conceive: with of: as, he little dreamed of his approaching fate.
    • dream To see or think in a dream; imagine in sleep.
    • dream To imagine as if in a dream; think about vainly, idly, or fancifully.
    • dream To suppose indefinitely; have a conception of or about; believe in a general way.
    • dream To pass in reverie or inaction; spend idly or fancifully: followed by away, out, or through: as, to dream, away one's life.
    • n dream A noise, especially a joyful noise; jubilation; music.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies show that, for some unknown reason, the higher the level of education, the more men tend to have wet dreams.
    • n Dream drēm a train of thoughts and fancies during sleep, a vision: something only imaginary
    • v.i Dream to fancy things during sleep: to think idly
    • v.t Dream to see in, or as in, a dream:—pa.t. and pa.p. dreamed or dreamt (dremt)
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  • Graffiti
    “Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “All books are either dreams or swords.”
  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “There's a lot more business out there in small town America than I ever dreamed of.”
  • Harry Edwards
    Harry Edwards
    “We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.”


Pipe dream - A pipe dream is an unrealistic, impractical idea or scheme.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to OS. drōm, D. droom, G. traum, Icel. draumr, Dan. & Sw. dröm,; cf. G. trügen, to deceive, Skr. druh, to harm, hurt, try to hurt. AS. dreám, joy, gladness, and OS. drōm, joy are, perh., different words; cf. Gr. qry^los noise


In literature:

Beth had a strange dream that night after the fire, which made a lasting impression upon her.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Or had he seen it before at all; or had he only known it in dreams?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Simon, a dream may be very beautiful, but it is still only a dream.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
If this is a dream, it's a better dream than the other.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Yet he dreamed of it, and stuck to his dreams, and would not have the reality of Cossethay and Ilkeston.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Her early rising revealed to her a thousand beauties in nature of which she had never before dreamed.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions,' And this Spirit is working to-day.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Meanwhile Daisy flitted quickly up the broad gravel path to the little cottage, wondering if it were a dream.
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
He had dreamed as he lay there, dreamed while the mist was rising.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It fell on his face, and the enigma of the dream (a dream it seemed) was at its height.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë

In poetry:

So, dreaming idly as I sit,
And idly dreaming see
The sunny landscape wink and flit
In silent ecstacy:
"Summer Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
I have dreamed a dream. And waked?
Ay. Waked with waking's pain.
My time is come to sleep
And never wake again.
"A Song Of Life" by Ethel Clifford
The moon is dreaming upward
From a sea of cloud and gleam;
She looks as if she had seen me
Never but in a dream.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
Star! Star, why make me dream?
My dreams are all untrue;
And why is sorrow dark for me
And heaven bright for you?
"A Flower's Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan
I lay and dreamed. Of thought and sleep
Was born a heavenly joy:
I dreamed of two who always keep
Me happy as a boy.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
I'd like to dream my own dreams,
Instead of dreaming those
The silly sandman brings along
Like moving picture shows.
"Dreams" by John Chipman Farrar

In news:

This new edition of the primary beat's private dream diaries presents the whole of Kerouac's original manuscript, including some 200-odd dreams not published in the initial selection (1961).
Dream a Little Dream Posted by: georgek.
Monk, Thelonius Monk's Dream Monk's Dream.
Class Notes — Dreaming Big: What Is the Dream You Hold for Yourself.
Florida remains a dream for millions and the economy hasn't changed that dream.
Have you ever had a dream that you were aware you were dreaming.
Neil had a dream like that so powerful and intense that it set him on a months-long journey to perfect the art of lucid dreaming.
I has always been my Dream to take my boys "Deep Sea Fishing" One week before my Youngest Son Matthew was to leave for the NAVY, I decided it was time to mark that dream off my BUCKET LIST.
Even if, like the author, if takes you a quarter-century to get the bike of your dreams, it's still a dream come true.
RENO/TAHOE — At age 79, Don Minoli isn't about to dream small dreams.
One night he dreamed a strange dream.
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream Examining the Physiological and Psychological Causes and Meanings of Dreams.
Rowland Hall's latest performance is all about dreams, and this ticket giveaway is also centered around the dream world.
Bowl dreams no pipe dream.
Dream investment or pipe dream.

In science:

Our dreams are that the survey telescopes like VISTA will allow us to map the whole bulge, unveiling its entire structure and stellar populations (the VVV survey), and that the ELTs will allow us to measure the chemical compositions of bulge turn-off stars as function of their ages.
The Galactic Bulge: A Review
Of course, I have long had a dream of doing b¯b spectroscopy in p ¯p annihilation.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
So, this dream is not likely to be fulfilled anytime soon.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
The dream of experimentalists is for every NLO parton level calculation to come packaged with a complete parton shower for the partons produced in the NLO hard scattering process.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
For example, the SMC seems to prefer Be X-ray binaries and eschews black hole systems. With their weak tidal fields, low stellar densities, and favorable viewing angles, the MC are a field of dreams for star cluster studies.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies