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[dey-spring] /ˈdeɪˌsprɪŋ/
noun, Archaic.
dawn; daybreak.
Origin of dayspring
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at day, spring Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He causeth the dayspring to know its place, and setteth a bound to darkness and the shadow of death.

    Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • They were as open in their little flirtations as the dayspring from on high.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • He and his people had been promised a passage home in the dayspring, with their canoes in tow.

  • He had been three months at the dayspring, and had heard nothing from Barbara.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • Those on board the dayspring were amazed to see how his people loved him.

  • "We had counted on you taking hold again at the dayspring," he said.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • The scene of woe was gone, and the dayspring of hope had risen for the two girls.

    Cynthia Wakeham's Money Anna Katharine Green
  • This was dayspring, indeed, to a lad in such great darkness.

    Memories and Portraits Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I replied, "So am I, dear children, and we have no more white food till the dayspring comes."

British Dictionary definitions for dayspring


a poetic word for dawn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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