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  1. day
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  2. noun

    • 1. a period of twenty-four hours as a unit of time, reckoned from one midnight to the next, corresponding to a rotation of the earth on its axis:

      they only met a few days ago we'll leave the day after tomorrow “What day is it?” “Sunday” she spent five days in the hospital
      Synonym : twenty-four-hour period, full day, twenty-four hours, working day, solar day, sidereal day
    • 2. the part of a day when it is light; the time between sunrise and sunset:

      the animals hunt by day she sleeps all day and goes out at night
      Synonym : daytime, daylight, daylight hours, hours of light, hours of sunlight, broad daylight, waking hours, the waking day
    • 3. the part of a day spent working:

      he works an eight-hour day
    • 4. a single rotation of a planet in relation to its primary.

    • 5. the period on a planet when its primary star is above the horizon.

    • 6. daylight:

      by the time they had all gone it was broad day
      Synonym : daytime, daylight, daylight hours, hours of light, hours of sunlight, broad daylight, waking hours, the waking day
    • 7. a particular period of the past; an era:

      the laws were very strict in those days
      Synonym : period, time, point in time, age, era, epoch, generation
    • 8. the present time:

      the political issues of the day
    • 9. a day associated with a particular event or purpose:

      graduation day Christmas Day
    • 10. a particular period in a person's life or career:

      my student days the days of her childhood
    • 11. the successful, fortunate, or influential period of a person's life or career:

      he had been a matinée idol in his day
      Synonym : heyday, prime, hour, time, best days, best years, maturity, peak, pinnacle, height, zenith, ascendancy, youth, vigor, springtime, salad days, full flowering, bloom
    • 12. the span of someone's life:

      she cared for him for the rest of his days
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: day, plural noun: days

    • noun

      each of the twenty-four-hour periods, reckoned from one midnight to the next, into which a week, month, or year is divided, and corresponding to a rotation of the earth on its axis:

      the part of a day when it is light; the time between sunrise and sunset:

    • noun

      a review or an exercise, especially in maneuvering.

      a day devoted to athletic contests or other sporting events, typically at a school.

    • noun

      February 2, when the groundhog is said to come out of its hole at the end of hibernation. If the animal sees its shadow—i.e., if the weather is sunny—it is said to portend six weeks more of winter weather.

      a situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way:

    • noun

      the day on which an election is held.

      (in the US) the day on which elections for national public office are held, occurring annually on the first Tuesday after 1 November.

    • noun

      the day (June 6, 1944) in World War II on which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of beach landings in Normandy.

      the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect:

    • noun

      (in Canada) November 11, observed in memory of those who died in World Wars I and II; Veterans Day.

      another term for Remembrance Sunday

    • noun

      a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

      (in the southern states) any of various days (especially the fourth Monday in April) on which those who died serving in the Confederate forces are remembered.

    • noun

      a very important or significant day:

      a person's wedding day:

    • noun

      another term for Fourth of July

      a day celebrating the anniversary of national independence.

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