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daybreak

[dey-breyk] /ˈdeɪˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
the first appearance of daylight in the morning; dawn.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; day + break
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  • Even the roosters appear to lose track of time, crowing not only at daybreak but in the afternoon and evening as well.
  • By daybreak the number of bathers had swelled to a few hundred thousand.
  • His teacher made him start at daybreak, with sun salutations towards the east until he was sweaty and hot.
  • At daybreak they found the cigarette tin and the bathing suit.
  • From daybreak, patients filled the crude wooden benches of the waiting room.
  • Farmers and others who rise before dawn may have to operate in the dark a while longer before daybreak.
  • From daybreak to nightfall, it's jammed with traffic.
  • daybreak is sudden and swift, as though an unseen hand had simply reached out and raised a dimmer switch.
  • After daybreak, the rumor of a tap with running water sent her stumbling in a panic through the slum's narrow corridors.
  • At daybreak they emerged from the forest, exhausted.
British Dictionary definitions for daybreak

daybreak

/ˈdeɪˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
the time in the morning when light first appears; dawn; sunrise
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Word Origin and History for daybreak
n.

1520s, from day + break (n.).

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