Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being wakeful; especially, indisposition or inability to sleep.

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  • noun The state of being wakeful.

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

  • noun a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep
  • noun the process of paying close and continuous attention
  • noun a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world

Etymologies

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wakeful +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It was in one of those moments where the boundary between sleep and wakefulness is so blurred that you’re not sure whether you’re awake or dreaming – are you lucid while dreaming, or are you dreaming while awake?

    Deep Into The Darkness | Her Bad Mother

  • According to the Buddha, the actual point of all our efforts on the spiritual path is simply to return to the state of complete wakefulness, which is the true nature of our minds.

    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Finding Your Buffalo: The Path to Happiness

  • Not coincidentally, consciousness can also be defined as wakefulness, and—interestingly—the phrase “she is unconscious” can describe a medical problem or a spiritual one.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • Cephalon is trying to maintain its domination of the so-called wakefulness drug market as Provigil loses patent protection in 2012.

    Cephalon CEO to Take Medical Leave

  • Cephalon is trying to maintain its domination of the so-called wakefulness drug market as Provigil loses patent protection in 2012.

    Cephalon's CEO Dies While on Medical Leave

  • According to the Buddha, the actual point of all our efforts on the spiritual path is simply to return to the state of complete wakefulness, which is the true nature of our minds.

    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Finding Your Buffalo: The Path to Happiness

  • Not coincidentally, consciousness can also be defined as wakefulness, and—interestingly—the phrase “she is unconscious” can describe a medical problem or a spiritual one.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • According to the Buddha, the actual point of all our efforts on the spiritual path is simply to return to the state of complete wakefulness, which is the true nature of our minds.

    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Finding Your Buffalo: The Path to Happiness

  • Not coincidentally, consciousness can also be defined as wakefulness, and—interestingly—the phrase “she is unconscious” can describe a medical problem or a spiritual one.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • Even, in this lightless place, they clung to convention, calling their wakefulness day, and their sleep night.

    Deeper

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