Nocturnal to Nolt
(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.
(Noc*tur"nal), n. An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the stars, etc., at sea.
(Noc*tur"nal*ly), adv. By night; nightly.
(Noc*turne") n. [F. See Nocturn.] (Mus.) A night piece, or serenade. The name is now
used for a certain graceful and expressive form of instrumental composition, as the nocturne for orchestra
in Mendelsohn's "Midsummer-Night's Dream" music.
(Noc"u*ment) n. [LL. nocumentum, fr. L. nocere to hurt.] Harm; injury; detriment. [Obs.]
(Noc"u*ous) a. [L. nocuus, fr. nocere to hurt.] Hurtful; noxious. [R.] Noc"u*ous*ly, adv.
(Nod) v. i. [OE. nodden; cf. OHG. kntn, genuotn, to shake, and E. nudge.]
1. To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes.
2. To incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation,
or of drowsiness, with the head; as, to nod at one.
3. To be drowsy or dull; to be careless.
Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream.Pope.
(Nod), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nodded ; p. pr. & vb. n. Nodding.]
1. To incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness
with; as, to nod the head.
2. To signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation.
3. To cause to bend. [Poetic]
By every wind that nods the mountain pine.Keats.
1. A dropping or bending forward of the upper part or top of anything.
Like a drunken sailor on a mast,Shak.
Ready with every nod to tumble down.
2. A quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness,
or in giving a signal, or a command.
A look or a nod only ought to correct them [the children] when they do amiss.Locke.
Nations obey my word and wait my nod.Prior. The land of Nod, sleep.