from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To produce (a written work) by working long and diligently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To solve, write or compose by working studiously at night; to study.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. See lucubrate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as lucubrate.


Back-formation from elucubration.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the past participle of Latin elucubrare ‘compose by lamplight’. (Wiktionary)


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  • To work out or express by studious effort; to burn the midnight oil.

    May 12, 2008

  • from the Ring and the Book.

    October 1, 2007