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  • adj. Not sleeping
  • adj. constant

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not sleeping; ever wakeful.

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

  • adj. fully awake


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  • All that night Saxon lay, unsleeping, without taking off her clothes, and when she arose in the morning and washed her face and dressed her hair she was aware of a strange numbness, of a feeling of constriction about her head as if it were bound by a heavy band of iron.


  • So wrote Jeremy Bentham in 1787, about his planned “Panopticon” — a temple of correction, circular in design, whose inmates would be exposed to an unsleeping scrutiny.

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  • And I listened, and grew fat and short-breathed, and in the long nights, unsleeping, worried that the men of the stranger tribe brought me meat for my wisdom and honour, but laughed at my fatness and undesire for the hunting and fighting.

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  • It had made O laugh to witness its uneasy adaptation by the anxious, suspicious, unsleeping overachievers who worked for him.

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  • I have tired myself out with reading, and the fuzziness of my unsleeping brain makes for melancholy.


  • From the sublime to the credulous, though still with dirty tricks in mind, The Conspiracy Files: 9/11 Ten Years On introduced us to the unsleeping obsessives who think the Americans brought down the Twin Towers themselves.

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  • Living in a 14th-floor apartment, he rages at the noisy neighbours, the clanging garbage-cans, the endless racket of the unsleeping city.

    The Prisoner of Second Avenue

  • The fleece is guarded by an unsleeping dragon; Jason enlists the help of the sorceress Medea, who gives him a magic potion with which to spray the dragon.

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  • Certain of the hotel staff too had stayed deliberately unsleeping and watchful.

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  • And beyond that fluttering curtain of white, nothing; nothing but a black void, dark cliffs stretching to the unsleeping sea.

    She Closed Her Eyes


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