Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to sleep or dreams.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or involving dreams; relating to dreams.

Etymologies

From obsolete French somnial, from Latin somnialis, from somnium ("dream"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the other part, to presage or foretell an evil, especially in what concerneth the exploits of the soul in matter of somnial divinations, is as much to say as that it giveth us to understand that some dismal fortune or mischance is destinated and prepared for us, which shortly will not fail to come to pass.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Fabius Pictor, who faithfully averred that nothing had at any time befallen unto, was done, or enterprised by him, whereof he preallably had not notice, and beforehand foreseen it to the full, by sure predictions altogether founded on the oracles of somnial divination.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • During this state of continuous, not single-mindedness, but one-side-mindedness, writing is manual somnambulism; the somnial magic superinduced on, without suspending, the active powers of the mind.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Whilst I relate these stories of Aeneas, remark the saying of Fabius Pictor, who faithfully averred that nothing had at any time befallen unto, was done, or enterprised by him, whereof he preallably had not notice, and beforehand foreseen it to the full, by sure predictions altogether founded on the oracles of somnial divination.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

  • Joya Jones, a College junior who admittedly doesn't sleep well, said she found the event helpful and Dinges 'idea that she could control her sleeping habits could be especially useful in conquering her own somnial difficulties.

    The Daily Pennsylvanian

  • (of 1866) this day, I shrinking for weeks past from revisal or interference there, as a thing evidently/hurtful/(evidently anti-somnial even!) in my present state of nerves.

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

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