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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
day /deɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the time between sunrise and sunset:I work most of the day at the office and most of the night at home.
  2. the light of day;
    daylight:In Tanzania the days are as long as the nights.
  3. Astronomya division of time equal to 24 hours, from one midnight to the next:seven days in one week.
  4. Astronomya similar division of time for another planet:the Martian day.
  5. the portion of a day in which one works:put in an eight-hour day.
  6. a particular date, period, or time:in olden days; What day is her birthday?
  7. a time thought to provide benefit or opportunity:His day will come.
  8. Usually,  days. period of life:His days are numbered.
  9. a particular period of time:In my day we called them motorcars.
  10. [ often: the + ~] the contest or battle going on at the moment:to win the day.
Idioms
  1. Idiomscall it a day, to stop working for the rest of the day:Let's call it a day; we've worked eighteen hours.
  2. Idiomsday in, day out, every day without fail;
    regularly. Also,
     day in and day out
     :Her constant nagging, day in and day out, is driving me crazy.
  3. make someone's day, to make someone very happy or pleased:Seeing my kids smile just makes my day.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
day  (dā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the interval of light between two successive nights;
    the time between sunrise and sunset:Since there was no artificial illumination, all activities hadto be carried on during the day.
  2. the light of day;
    daylight:The owl sleeps by day and feeds by night.
  3. Astronomy
    • Also called  mean solar day. a division of time equal to 24 hours and representing the average length of the period during which the earth makes one rotation on its axis.
    • Also called  solar day. a division of time equal to the time elapsed between two consecutive returns of the same terrestrial meridian to the sun.
    • Also called  civil day. a division of time equal to 24 hours but reckoned from one midnight to the next. Cf. lunar day, sidereal day.
  4. Astronomyan analogous division of time for a planet other than the earth:the Martian day.
  5. the portion of a day allotted to work:an eight-hour day.
  6. a day on which something occurs:the day we met.
  7. (often cap.) a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance:New Year's Day.
  8. a time considered as propitious or opportune:His day will come.
  9. a day of contest or the contest itself:to win the day.
  10. Often,  days. a particular time or period:the present day; in days of old.
  11. Usually,  days. period of life or activity:His days are numbered.
  12. period of existence, power, or influence:in the day of the dinosaurs.
  13. Architecturelight1 (def. 19a).
  14. Idiomscall it a day, to stop one's activity for the day or for the present;
    quit temporarily:After rewriting the paper, she decided to call it a day.
  15. Idiomsday in, day out, every day without fail;
    regularly:They endured the noise and dirt of the city day in, day out.Also,  day in and day out. 
  • bef. 950; Middle English; Old English dæg; cognate with German Tag

Day  (dā),USA pronunciation n. 
    Clarence (Shep•ard)  (dā),USA pronunciation 1874–1935, U.S. author.
  1. BiographicalDorothy, 1897–1980, U.S. Roman Catholic social activist, journalist, and publisher.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
day /deɪ/ n

  1. Also called: civil day the period of time, the calendar day, of 24 hours' duration reckoned from one midnight to the next
  2. the period of light between sunrise and sunset, as distinguished from the night
  3. (as modifier): the day shift
  4. the part of a day occupied with regular activity, esp work: he took a day off
  5. (sometimes plural) a period or point in time: he was a good singer in his day, in days gone by, any day now
  6. the period of time, the sidereal day, during which the earth makes one complete revolution on its axis relative to a particular star. The mean sidereal day lasts 23 hours 56 minutes 4.1 seconds of the mean solar day
  7. the period of time, the solar day, during which the earth makes one complete revolution on its axis relative to the sun. The mean solar day is the average length of the apparent solar day and is some four minutes (3 minutes 56.5 seconds of sidereal time) longer than the sidereal day
  8. the period of time taken by a specified planet to make one complete rotation on its axis: the Martian day
  9. (often capital) a day designated for a special observance, esp a holiday: Christmas Day
  10. all in a day's workpart of one's normal activity; no trouble
  11. at the end of the dayin the final reckoning
  12. day of restthe Sabbath; Sunday
  13. end one's daysto pass the end of one's life
  14. every dog has his dayone's luck will come
  15. in this day and agenowadays
  16. it's early daysit's too early to tell how things will turn out
  17. late in the dayvery late (in a particular situation)
  18. too late
  19. that will be the dayI look forward to that
  20. that is most unlikely to happen
  21. a time of success, recognition, power, etc: his day will soon come
  22. a struggle or issue at hand: the day is lost
  23. the ground surface over a mine
  24. (as modifier): the day level
  25. from day to daywithout thinking of the future
  26. call it a dayto stop work or other activity
  27. day after daywithout respite; relentlessly
  28. day by daygradually or progressively; daily: he weakened day by day
  29. day in, day outevery day and all day long
  30. from Day 1, from Day Onefrom the very beginning
  31. one of these daysat some future time
  32. (modifier) of, relating to, or occurring in the day: the day shift
Related adjective(s): diurnal

See also daysEtymology: Old English dæg; related to Old High German tag, Old Norse dagr
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Day /deɪ/ n
  1. Sir Robin. 1923–2000, British radio and television journalist, noted esp for his political interviews
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