day


day
day [dā]
n.
[ME dai < OE dæg (pl. dagas), akin to ON dagr, Goth dags, OHG tag < PGmc * dagwaz, prob. < IE base * ahes, day, with d- by assoc. with base * dhegwh-, to burn]
1.
a) the period of light between sunrise and sunset
b) daylight
c) sunshine
2.
a) the 24-hour period (mean solar day) that it takes the earth to rotate once on its axis with respect to the sun: the civil or legal day is from midnight to midnight, the astronomical day from noon to noon: see SIDEREAL DAY
b) Astron. the time that it takes any celestial body to revolve once on its axis
3. [often D-] a particular or specified day [Memorial Day]
4. [also pl.] a period or time; era; age [the best writer of her day, in days of old]
5. a time of flourishing, power, glory, success, etc. [he has had his day]
6. the struggle or contest occurring on a certain day [they won the day]
7. the time one works each day [an eight-hour day]
8. an unspecified past or future time [one of these days]
9. [pl.] one's lifetime; life [to spend one's days in study]
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call it a day
Informal to stop whatever one is engaged in, as work
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day after day
every day or for many successive days
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day by day
each day
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day in, day out
every day
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from day to day
1. from one day to the next
2. without particular concern about the future

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