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Definition of Nocturnal


  1. Of, pertaining to, done or occuring in, the night; as, nocturnal darkness, cries, expedition, etc.; -- opposed to diurnal.
  2. Having a habit of seeking food or moving about at night; as, nocturnal birds and insects.
  3. An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea.

Nocturnal Quotations

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.

I've hidden behind my hair more than clothes. Sometimes having long hair with a fringe is very useful when you don't want to look at people. I used to have very short hair, but long hair is my thing - a black nocturnal shield.
Bat for Lashes

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.
Federico Garcia Lorca

I live a rock-star kind of life where I don't go to bed until 4 A.M. I'm very nocturnal.
Katy Perry
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Nocturnal Translations

nocturnal in Dutch is nachtelijk
nocturnal in French is nocturne
nocturnal in Italian is notturno
nocturnal in Spanish is nocturno
nocturnal in Swedish is nattlig
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