- a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
- the sleeping state in which this occurs.
- an object seen in a dream.
- an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
- a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.
- an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream.
- a wild or vain fancy.
- something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence.
- to have a dream.
- to indulge in daydreams or reveries: He dreamed about vacation plans when he should have been working.
- to think or conceive of something in a very remote way (usually followed by of): I wouldn't dream of asking them.
- to see or imagine in sleep or in a vision.
- to imagine as if in a dream; fancy; suppose.
- to pass or spend (time) in dreaming (often followed by away): to dream away the afternoon.
- most desirable; ideal: a dream vacation.
- dream up, to form in the imagination; devise: They dreamed up the most impossible plan.
Origin of dream
- (often initial capital letter) the ancient time of the creation of all things by sacred ancestors, whose spirits continue into the present, as conceived in the mythology of the Australian Aborigines.
Origin of dreamtime
Examples from the Web for dreaming
“The first time I saw Glacier National Park, it was the magical fantasy land I had always been dreaming about,” says Chin.Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively
October 6, 2014
How many more “bedroom radicals” like Aqsa may be dreaming of such exploits is, at this point, impossible to say.The Bride of ISIS Revealed
September 3, 2014
A 55-year-old tourist died of a heart attack while dreaming of his hometown, Briansk.Crimea: A Patriotic Russian Vacation From Hell
August 20, 2014
Eighty-nine percent occurred when the person was awake, rather than dreaming or dozing.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
He had been dreaming of making this walk since he had read about plans to construct the towers when he was 17.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He made our dreaming: shall it surpass in its making his mighty self?Weighed and Wanting
But there has been no mistake; I have not been dreaming unless I am dreaming now.The Bacillus of Beauty
Too happy—I almost fear to wake and find that I've been dreaming.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I must be dreaming—No, wait; please don't tell me what it all means just yet!Quaint Courtships
- Also called: alchera (ˈæltʃərə), alcheringa (in the mythology of Australian Aboriginal peoples) a mythical Golden Age of the past
- Australian informal any remote period, out of touch with the actualities of the present
- mental activity, usually in the form of an imagined series of events, occurring during certain phases of sleep
- (as modifier)a dream sequence
- (in combination)dreamland Related adjective: oneiric
- a sequence of imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; daydream; fantasy
- (as modifier)a dream world
- a person or thing seen or occurring in a dream
- a cherished hope; ambition; aspiration
- a vain hope
- a person or thing that is as pleasant, or seemingly unreal, as a dream
- go like a dream to move, develop, or work very well
- (may take a clause as object) to undergo or experience (a dream or dreams)
- (intr) to indulge in daydreams
- (intr) to suffer delusions; be unrealisticyou're dreaming if you think you can win
- (when intr, foll by of or about) to have an image (of) or fantasy (about) in or as if in a dream
- (intr foll by of) to consider the possibility (of)I wouldn't dream of troubling you
- too good to be true; idealdream kitchen
Word Origin and History for dreaming
mid-13c. in the sense "sequence of sensations passing through a sleeping person's mind" (also as a verb), probably related to Old Norse draumr, Danish drøm, Swedish dröm, Old Saxon drom "merriment, noise," Old Frisian dram "dream," Dutch droom, Old High German troum, German traum "dream," perhaps from West Germanic *draugmas "deception, illusion, phantasm" (cf. Old Saxon bidriogan, Old High German triogan, German trügen "to deceive, delude," Old Norse draugr "ghost, apparition"). Possible cognates outside Germanic are Sanskrit druh- "seek to harm, injure," Avestan druz- "lie, deceive."
But Old English dream meant only "joy, mirth, noisy merriment," also "music." And much study has failed to prove that Old English dream is the root of the modern word for "sleeping vision," despite being identical in spelling. Either the meaning of the word changed dramatically or "vision" was an unrecorded secondary Old English meaning of dream, or there are two separate words here. OED offers this theory: "It seems as if the presence of dream 'joy, mirth, music,' had caused dream 'dream' to be avoided, at least in literature, and swefn, lit. 'sleep,' to be substituted" ....
Words for "sleeping vision" in Old English were mæting and swefn. Old English swefn originally meant "sleep," as did a great many Indo-European "dream" nouns, e.g. Lithuanian sapnas, Old Church Slavonic sunu, and the Romanic words (French songe, Spanish sueño, Italian sogno all from Latin somnium (from PIE *swep-no-; cognate with Greek hypnos; see somnolence; Old English swefn is from the same root). Dream in the sense of "ideal or aspiration" is from 1931, from earlier sense of "something of dream-like beauty or charm" (1888).
c.1200 in the current sense, from dream (n.). Old English verb dremen meant "rejoice; play music." Related: Dreamed; dreaming.
- A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.