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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

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.

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

We writers are shy, nocturnal creatures. Push us into the light and the light blinds us.
John Banville

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

What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
Manuel Puig
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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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