from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A period of one day and one night, a date: in the West, this is a period of 24 consecutive hours.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The whole natural day, or day and night, consisting of twenty-four hours.
He, finding the English word _day_ employed in the measurement of the intervals, takes it for granted that this must mean a _nychthemeron_ of twenty-four hours; imports, therefore, into the biblical text this conceit; fights for his own opinion, as for a revelation from heaven; and thus disfigures the great inaugural chapter of human history with this single feature of a fairy-tale, where everything else is told with the most majestic simplicity.
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