from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (adj) Composed by candle-light; pertaining to nocturnal study or serious thought.
And by close application to my book at night, my visage became considerally emaciated by extreme perspiration, having no lucubratory aparatus, no candle, no lamp, nor even light-wood, being chiefly raised in oaky woods.
The water-bottle and the two tumblers, coupled with the absence of any mention of a decanter, are a striking proof of the abstemiousness of Auckland's Superintendents, while the six candle-sticks and the fourteen ink-bottles are silent witnesses to their lucubratory industry.
You that are so nice an admirer of beauty, or, as a critic would say, after Terence, so elegant a spectator of forms, you must have a sober dish of coffee, and a solitary candle at your side, to write an epistle lucubratory to your friend, whereas I can do it as well with two pair of radiant lights, that outshine the golden god of day, and silver goddess of night, with all the refulgent eyes of the firmament.
This word comes from the Latin ‘lucubrare,’ to work by lamplight. To ‘lucubrate’ means ‘to study earnestly or laboriously, as by candle-light.’