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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Nightmare  \Night"mare`\,  n.  [Night  +  mare  incubus.  See  {Mare} 
  1.  A  fiend  or  incubus  formerly  supposed  to  cause  trouble  in 
  2.  A  condition  in  sleep  usually  caused  by  improper  eating  or 
  by  digestive  or  nervous  troubles,  and  characterized  by  a 
  sense  of  extreme  uneasiness  or  discomfort  (as  of  weight  on 
  the  chest  or  stomach,  impossibility  of  motion  or  speech, 
  etc.),  or  by  frightful  or  oppressive  dreams,  from  which 
  one  wakes  after  extreme  anxiety,  in  a  troubled  state  of 
  mind;  incubus.  --Dunglison. 
  3.  Hence  any  overwhelming,  oppressive,  or  stupefying 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  situation  resembling  a  terrifying  dream  [syn:  {incubus}] 
  2:  a  terrifying  or  deeply  upsetting  dream 

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