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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Nocturnal  \Noc*tur"nal\,  n. 
  An  instrument  formerly  used  for  taking  the  altitude  of  the 
  stars,  etc.,  at  sea.  --I.  Watts. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Nocturnal  \Noc*tur"nal\,  a.  [L.  nocturnalis  nocturnus  fr  nox, 
  noctis,  night.  See  {Night},  and  cf  {Nocturn}.] 
  1.  Of  pertaining  to  done  or  occuring  in  the  night;  as 
  nocturnal  darkness,  cries,  expedition,  etc.;  --  opposed  to 
  {diurnal}.  --Dryden. 
  2.  Having  a  habit  of  seeking  food  or  moving  about  at  night; 
  as  nocturnal  birds  and  insects. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (biology)  belonging  to  or  active  during  the  night; 
  "nocturnal  animals  are  active  at  night";  "nocturnal 
  plants  have  flowers  that  open  at  night  and  close  by 
  day"  [ant:  {diurnal}] 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  or  occurring  in  the  night;  "nocturnal 
  3:  of  or  during  or  relating  to  the  night;  "a  nocturnal 
  journey";  "nocturnal  stillness";  "nocturnal  predators" 

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