Definitions

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

  • n. See sleepwalking.

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  • n. sleepwalking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Somnambulism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Somnambulism.

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

  • n. walking by a person who is asleep

Etymologies

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

noct(i)- + Latin ambulāre, to walk + -ism.

Examples

  • Sleep walking is also known as noctambulism or somnambulism.

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  • And John Culmer Bell looks at the nature of electromagnetic radiation as a shaper of 19th - and 20th - century urban form, provocatively questioning whether sacrificing the pleasures of ‘noctambulism’ simply on environmental grounds is actually a good thing.

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  • Such is precisely what came to pass in your noctambulism.

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  • Often and often since then, when noctambulism was the fashion, have we, future great men, spent whole nights there, elbows on table, amidst tobacco smoke and literary talk.

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  • I had spent an abominable night in Rouen in a small hotel near the station where a procession of nightmares had been punctuated by the noise of trains arriving and leaving with a crashing and whistling and an escape of steam and smoke which, after a week's noctambulism in Paris, turned my night into a period of acute and apparently interminable agony.

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  • Sleepwalking, also called somnambulism or noctambulism is a sleep disorder where a person will engage in movements, actions and routines that they would normally do while they're awake.

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  • Sleep walking or somnambulism or noctambulism is not a dangerous sleeping disorder as such in all cases, but in some cases this could lead to health risks those could be cause of physical harm.

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  • From page 7 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    I had spent an abominable night in Rouen...where a procession of

    nightmares had been punctuated by the noise of trains arriving and

    leaving...which, after a week's <b>noctambulism</b> in Paris, turned my night into a period of acute and apparently interminable agony.

    January 21, 2014