Definitions

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  • adj. vespertine; occurring at evening

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Vespertine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as vespertine.

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Examples

  • At one moment a suppressed laugh from a young woman would reach the ear; in the cabin, a party who had agreed to sing a song of general acceptation were failing to hit upon one, and disputing the point in low and dispassionate accents; and in each, such sound there was something vespertinal, gently sad, softly prayer-like.

    Through Russia

  • He grows vespertinal in his habits as the evening of life approaches, till at last he comes forth only just before sundown, and gets all the walk that he requires in half an hour.

    Walking

  • A night or two before we reached New York I was standing in the gloom, half hidden by a boat on the davits amidships, enjoying my vespertinal cigar in the cool of evening; and between the puffs I caught from time to time stray snatches of a conversation going on softly in the twilight between Bernard and Melissa.

    Stories by English Authors: the Sea

  • Outdoor: garden and fieldwork, cycling on level macadamised causeways ascents of moderately high hills, natation in secluded fresh water and unmolested river boating in secure wherry or light curricle with kedge anchor on reaches free from weirs and rapids (period of estivation), vespertinal perambulation or equestrian circumprocession with inspection of sterile landscape and contrastingly agreeable cottagers 'fires of smoking peat turves (period of hibernation).

    Ulysses

  • And that evening, as we proceeded on our way, the sea was singing its vespertinal hymn, the rocks were rumbling as the water caressed them, and on the furthermost edge of the dark void there were floating dim white patches where the sunset's glow had not yet faded -- though already stars were glowing in the zenith.

    Through Russia

  • From the day when he first became a Wet Bob at Eton he had never wavered in his devotion to matutinal and vespertinal ablutions.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914

  • The vespertinal pout had already begun to flit on leathern fin, and the finny gossips withdrew from the fluvial street to creeks and coves, and other private haunts, excepting a few of stronger fin, which anchored in the stream, stemming the tide even in their dreams.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • The Horned Pout, Pimelodus nebulosus, sometimes called Minister, from the peculiar squeaking noise it makes when drawn out of the water, is a dull and blundering fellow, and like the eel vespertinal in his habits, and fond of the mud.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • And that evening, as we proceeded on our way, the sea was singing its vespertinal hymn, the rocks were rumbling as the water caressed them, and on the furthermost edge of the dark void there were floating dim white patches where the sunset’s glow had not yet faded — though already stars were glowing in the zenith.

    Through Russia

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