[ nok-tur-nl ]
/ nɒkˈtɜr nl /
Archaic. an astrolabe for telling time at night or for determining latitude by the position of certain stars in reference to Polaris.
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noc·tur·nal·i·ty, nounnoc·tur·nal·ly, adverbnon·noc·tur·nal, adjectivenon·noc·tur·nal·ly, adverb
sem·i·noc·tur·nal, adjectiveun·noc·tur·nal, adjectiveun·noc·tur·nal·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddiurnal nocturnal
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Examples from the Web for nocturnally
And as Snap's master went down the meadow, the parts likely to be nocturnally affected began to burn and tingle.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City|S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for nocturnally
/ (nɒkˈtɜːnəl) /
of, used during, occurring in, or relating to the night
(of animals) active at night
(of plants) having flowers that open at night and close by day
Derived Formsnocturnality, nounnocturnally, adverb
Word Origin for nocturnal
C15: from Late Latin nocturnālis, from Latin nox night
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Medicine definitions for nocturnally
[ nŏk-tûr′nəl ]
Of, relating to, or occurring in the night.
Most active at night.
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Science definitions for nocturnally
[ nŏk-tûr′nəl ]
Occurring at night.
Most active at night. Many animals, such as owls and bats, are nocturnal.
Having flowers that open during the night and close at daylight. Nocturnal plants are often pollinated by moths. Compare diurnal.
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