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English Dictionary: wakefulness by the DICT Development Group
2 results for wakefulness
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
wakefulness
n
  1. a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world; "consciousness during wakefulness in a sane person is pretty well ordered and familiar"
  2. a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep; "accept your wakefulness and sleep in its own contrary way is more likely to come"
    Synonym(s): wakefulness, sleeplessness
    Antonym(s): drowsiness, sleepiness, somnolence
  3. the process of paying close and continuous attention; "wakefulness, watchfulness, and bellicosity make a good hunter"; "vigilance is especially susceptible to fatigue"
    Synonym(s): watchfulness, wakefulness, vigilance, alertness
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wakeful \Wake"ful\, a.
      Not sleeping; indisposed to sleep; watchful; vigilant.
  
               Dissembling sleep, but wakeful with the fright.
                                                                              --Dryden.
      -- {Wake"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Wake"ful*ness}, n.
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