from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Moving about; being in motion.
  • adjective Having gotten out of bed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • On the stir; on the move; stirring; active.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Stirring; in a state of activity or motion; out of bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective In motion; characterized by motion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective on the move
  • adjective out of bed


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