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day- One of the perpendicular divisions or "lights" of a mullioned window.
- The afternoon droops like a hot candle —Malcolm Cowley
- The afternoon sways like an elephant —Babette Deutsch
This begins a poem entitled July Day.
- The beauty of the morning called to her like a signal bell —R. V. Cassill
- Dawn came like a blanket of flowers —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- The dawn came up like a Have-a-Nice-Day emblem —Tom Robbins
- A day as fresh as spring itself —Wallace Stegner
- (The next) day dawned like a yawning hole —Robert Barnard
- The day drooped like a flag —Katherine Mansfield
- The day goes by like a shadow over the heart (with sorrow where all was delight) —Stephen Foster
From Stephen Foster’s famous “My Old Kentucky Home” with ‘over’ substituted from ‘o’er’ as in the original.
- The day is flat and intense, like a photograph of itself —Marge Piercy
- The day [Sunday] is like wide water, without sound —Wallace Stevens
- Day like a bated breath —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- A day like an endless empty sea —Delmore Schwartz
- Days and nights were shuffling like lame and overweight cattle —Don Robertson
- Days are scrolls: write on them what you want to be remembered —Bahya
- Days … arrive like crows in a field of stubble corn —Robert Hass
- The days dripped away like honey off a spoon —Wallace Stegner
- Days … followed one another in an undistinguished series, growing and then fading like the leaves on a tree —Stefan Zweig
- The days go by, like caterpillars do —Johnny Mercer, opening stanza from 1947 song, “Lazy Mood”
- The days go by like film, like a long written scroll —Maxwell Anderson
- Days … like a lengthening shadow —The Holy Bible/Psalms
- The days, like the leaves, seemed to fly from the trees, as if this year was intent on its own destruction —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
- The day smelled like clear water —Joan Chase
- The days pass by like a wayward tune —W. B. Yeats
- Days pass like papers from a press —Wallace Stevens
- The days slipped by … like apple parings under a knife —Stephen Vincent Benet
- The days walking along higher and higher, like the way teachers line you up to have pictures taken —Lee Smith
- The days were truly endless and seemed like a single black night —Barbara Reid
- The day was dry, rather misty; like a day pictured in a Japanese print —Frank Swinnerton
- The day was still, like a very glazed photograph —M. J. Farrell
- Feel the pull of the long day, like a road he dragged behind him —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- A fine morning makes you want to bust open like a pea pod —Joe Coomer
- The gray winter morning descends like the huge lead-coated balloon —Jerry Bumpus
- The middle of the day, like the middle of certain fruits, is good for nothing —Walter Savage Landor
- Morning came like a stone breaking —Madison Smartt Bell
- The morning crept out of a dark cloud like an unbidden guest uncertain of his welcome —W. Somerset Maugham
- Morning … gray like a mouse —Jessamyn West
- Morning hours of inactivity … like a beautiful sculpture-lined bridge across which I stroll from night into day, from dream into reality —Milan Kundera
- (Night had died, and the) morning lay like a corpse. Like sadness, going from one end of the world to another, without a sound —Aharon Megged
- My days are like a lengthening shadow —The Holy Bible/Psalms
- One of those days that come as a surprise in the middle of winter, like a gift sent on no anniversary, so that the pleasure takes us unaware —Jean Stafford
- Our days run as fast away as does the sun —Robert Herrick
- Over the garden, day still hung like a pink flag —Elizabeth Bowen
- The workday is finished, dead as the calendar page that bore its number —Beryl Markham
A day is one of the seven twenty-four hour periods in a week.
You also use day to refer to the time when it is light and when people are awake and doing things. When day has this meaning, you can use it either as a countable noun or an uncountable noun.
You refer to the actual day when you are speaking or writing as today.
Don't use 'this day' to refer to the day when you are speaking or writing. Don't say, for example, 'I want to get to New York this day'.
You use the other day to show that something happened fairly recently.
If you want to refer to a particular day when something happened or will happen, you usually use a prepositional phrase beginning with on.
If you have already been talking about events that happened during a particular day, you can say that something else happened that day.
You can also say that something had happened the day before or the previous day.
You can also say that something happened the next day or the following day.
When you have been talking about a particular day in the future, you can say that something will happen the following day or the day after.
If something happens regularly on each day, you say that it happens every day.
Don't confuse every day with the adjective everyday.
You use these days or nowadays when you are talking about things that are happening now, in contrast to things that happened in the past.
You use one day to say that something will happen at some time in the future.
In stories, one day is used when a writer has just described a situation and is mentioning the first of a series of events.
|Noun||1.||day - time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there are 30,000 passengers per day"|
tomorrow - the day after today; "what are our tasks for tomorrow?"
today - the day that includes the present moment (as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow); "Today is beautiful"; "did you see today's newspaper?"
yesterday - the day immediately before today; "it was in yesterday's newspapers"
morrow - the next day; "whenever he arrives she leaves on the morrow"
eve - the day before; "he always arrives on the eve of her departure"
date - a particular day specified as the time something happens; "the date of the election is set by law"
daylight, daytime, day - the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"
|2.||day - some point or period in time; "it should arrive any day now"; "after that day she never trusted him again"; "those were the days"; "these days it is not unusual"|
time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"
crack of doom, Day of Judgement, Day of Judgment, day of reckoning, doomsday, end of the world, eschaton, Judgement Day, Judgment Day, Last Day, Last Judgement, Last Judgment - (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives
off-day - a day when things go poorly; "I guess this is one of my off-days"
|3.||day - a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day"|
Admission Day - in some states of the United States: a legal holiday commemorating the day the state was admitted to the Union
Arbor Day - a day designated for planting trees
Cinco de Mayo - the fifth of May which is observed in Mexico and Mexican-American communities in the United States to commemorate the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862
November 5 - anniversary of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot
rag day - a day on which university students hold a rag
red-letter day - a memorably happy or noteworthy day (from the custom of marking holy days in red on church calendars)
payday - the day on which you receive pay for your work
election day, polling day - the day appointed for an election; in the United States it is the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November
field day - a day for outdoor athletic competition
field day - (military) a day for military exercises and display
ides - in the Roman calendar: the 15th of March or May or July or October or the 13th of any other month
market day - a fixed day for holding a public market
Walpurgis Night - eve of May Day
January 19, Lee's Birthday, Robert E Lee Day, Robert E Lee's Birthday - celebrated in southern United States
Tet - the New Year in Vietnam; observed for three days after the first full moon after January 20th
holiday - a day on which work is suspended by law or custom; "no mail is delivered on federal holidays"; "it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover"
February 2, Groundhog Day - if the ground hog emerges and sees his shadow on this day, there will be 6 more weeks of winter
February 14, Saint Valentine's Day, St Valentine's Day, Valentine Day, Valentine's Day - a day for the exchange of tokens of affection
March 2, Texas Independence Day - Texans celebrate the anniversary of Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836
March 17, Saint Patrick's Day, St Patrick's Day - a day observed by the Irish to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland
All Fools' day, April Fools', April Fools' day - the first day of April which is celebrated by playing practical jokes
April 14, Pan American Day - a day celebrating political and economic unity among American countries
Patriot's Day - the 3rd Monday in April; Massachusetts and Maine celebrate the battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775
First of May, May 1, May Day - observed in many countries to celebrate the coming of spring; observed in Russia and related countries in honor of labor
Mother's Day - second Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day - the 3rd Saturday in May
Father's Day - US: third Sunday in June
American Indian Day - US: the 4th Friday in September
Allhallows Eve, Halloween, Hallowe'en - the evening before All Saints' Day; often devoted to pranks played by young people
saint's day - a day commemorating a saint
June 23, Midsummer Eve, Midsummer Night, St John's Eve, St John's Night - the night before Midsummer Day
school day - any day on which school is in session; "go to bed early because tomorrow is a school day"
|4.||day - the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"|
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours - time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there are 30,000 passengers per day"
forenoon, morn, morning, morning time - the time period between dawn and noon; "I spent the morning running errands"
afternoon - the part of the day between noon and evening; "he spent a quiet afternoon in the park"
midafternoon - the middle part of the afternoon
even, evening, eventide, eve - the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall); "he enjoyed the evening light across the lake"
|5.||day - the recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working); "my day began early this morning"; "it was a busy day on the stock exchange"; "she called it a day and went to bed"|
work time - a time period when you are required to work
|6.||day - an era of existence or influence; "in the day of the dinosaurs"; "in the days of the Roman Empire"; "in the days of sailing ships"; "he was a successful pianist in his day"|
|7.||day - the period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis; "how long is a day on Jupiter?"|
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
lunar day - the period of time taken for the moon to make one full rotation on its axis (about 27.3 sidereal days)
|8.||day - the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day|
sidereal time - measured by the diurnal motion of stars
|9.||day - a period of opportunity; "he deserves his day in court"; "every dog has his day"|
|10.||Day - United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935)|
what day is it today? → ¿qué día es hoy?
he works eight hours a day → trabaja ocho horas al día
twice a day → dos veces al día
the day after → el día siguiente
the day after tomorrow → pasado mañana
day after day → día tras día
two days ago → hace dos días
any day → un día cualquiera
any day now → cualquier día de éstos
any old day → el mejor día
the day before → el día anterior
the day before yesterday → anteayer
the day before his birthday → la víspera de su cumpleaños
two days before Christmas → dos días antes de Navidad
day by day → de un día para otro, de día a día (LAm)
every day → cada día, todos los días
one fine day → el día menos pensado
on the following day → al día siguiente
for days on end → durante días
from day to day → de día en día
from one day to the next → de un día a otro
to live from day to day or from one day to the next → vivir al día
day in day out → un día sí y otro también
you don't look a day older → no pasan por ti los días, no pareces un día más viejo
on the day everything will be all right → para el día en cuestión todo estará en orden
one day → un día
the other day → el otro día
every other day → un día sí y otro no
some day → un día
(on) that day → aquel día
that day when we → aquel día en que nosotros ...
one of these days → un día de éstos
this day next week, this day week (Brit) → (de) hoy en ocho días
50 years ago to the day → (hoy) hace exactamente 50 años
he's fifty if he's a day → debe tener cincuenta años mínimo
to carry or win the day → ganar la victoria
to give sb his day in court → dar a algn la oportunidad de explicarse
to make sb's day it made my day to see him smile → me hizo feliz verlo sonreír
that'll be the day, when he offers to pay! → ¡él nos invitará cuando las ranas críen pelo!
see also black A6
to work an eight-hour day → trabajar una jornada de ocho horas
it's a fine day → hace buen tiempo hoy
to work all day → trabajar todo el día
a day at the seaside → un día de playa
to travel by day, travel during the day → viajar de día
paid by the day → pagado por día
good day! → ¡buenos días!
to work day and night → trabajar día y noche
a day off → un día libre
to take a day off → darse un día libre, no presentarse en el trabajo
on a fine/wet day → un día bonito/lluvioso
one summer's day → un día de verano
day of reckoning (fig) → día m de ajustar cuentas
to work days → trabajar de día
it's all in a day's work → son gajes del oficio
to call it a day (for good) → darse por vencido, abandonar; (for today) → dejarlo por hoy
let's call it a day → terminemos ya
it has seen better days → ya no vale lo que antes
until my dying day → hasta la muerte
it's early days yet → todavía es pronto
the happiest days of your life → los mejores días de su vida
in those days → en aquellos tiempos
in days to come → en días venideros
in this day and age; in the present day → hoy en día
in my day → en mis tiempos
in Queen Victoria's day → en la época de la reina Victoria
he was famous in his day → fue famoso en sus tiempos
in the good old days → en los viejos tiempos
these days → hoy en día
those were the days, when → esa fue la buena época, cuando ...
to this day → hasta el día de hoy
in his younger days → en su juventud
to have had one's day he's had his day → pasó de moda, está acabado
see also dog A1
see also time A1, A5
day boarder N (Brit) (Scol) → alumno/a m/f de media pensión
day boy N (Brit) (Scol) → externo m
day centre N (Brit) → centro m de día
day girl N (Brit) (Scol) → externa f
day job N → trabajo m habitual, ocupación f habitual
don't give up the day job! (hum) → ¡sigue en lo tuyo!
Day of Judgement N → día m del Juicio Final
day labourer, day laborer (US) N → jornalero m
day nurse N → enfermero/a m/f de día
day nursery N → guardería f
day release course N (Brit) (Comm, Ind) → curso m de un día a la semana (para trabajadores)
day return (ticket) N (Brit) → billete m de ida y vuelta en el día
day school N → colegio m sin internado
day shift N (in factory etc) → turno m de día
day trip N → excursión f (de un día)
to go on a day trip to London → ir un día de excursión or (LAm) de paseo a Londres
day tripper N → excursionista mf
We stayed in Nice for three days → Nous sommes restés trois jours à Nice.
every day → tous les jours
on the day that ..., the day that ... → le jour où ...
the day that I ..., the day I ... → le jour où je ...
by day → le jour
day by day [change, develop, improve] → jour après jour; [live] → au jour le jour
from day to day → de jour en jour
one day a week → un jour par semaine
these days, in the present day → de nos jours, à l'heure actuelle
to make sb's day → faire plaisir à qn
to save the day → sauver la situation
to win the day → remporter la victoire
to carry the day → remporter la victoire
to lose the day → perdre la bataille
to be all in a day's work → faire partie de la routine
to call it a day (= stop) (on a particular day) → s'arrêter pour aujourd'hui
I think it's time we called it a day → Je crois que c'est le moment de s'arrêter pour aujourd'hui.; (for ever)
I want his job when he calls it a day
BUT Je veux son travail quand il décide qu'il est temps de s'arrêter.
day after day adv (= incessantly) → jour après jour
day and night adv (= constantly) → jour et nuit
day in, day out adv (= always) → jour après jour
one day adv (= some time) → un jour
one of these days adv (= some time) → un de ces jours
Some day I hope to meet you → J'espère te rencontrer un de ces jours.
the day before n (= eve) → la veille, le jour précédent
the day before sth → la veille de qch
the day before my birthday → la veille de mon anniversaire; adv (= on the day before) → la veille, le jour précédent
the day after → le lendemain, le jour suivant
the following day n → le lendemain, le jour suivant; adv (= on the next day) → le lendemain, le jour suivant
the day before yesterday adv → avant-hier
He arrived the day before yesterday → Il est arrivé avant-hier.
the day after tomorrow adv → après-demain
We're leaving the day after tomorrow → Nous partons après-demain.
the other day adv (= recently) → l'autre jour
to the day adv (= exactly) → jour pour jour
to this day adv (= still) → encore aujourd'hui
during the day → dans la journée
by the day → à la journée
paid by the day → payé(e) à la journée
to work an 8 hour day → faire une journée de huit heures
all day → toute la journée
I stayed at home all day → Je suis resté à la maison toute la journée.
all day long → toute la journée
what day is it today? → che giorno è oggi?
2 days ago → 2 giorni fa
one day → un giorno
(on) the day that ... → il giorno che or in cui...
(on) that day → quel giorno
the day before → il giorno avanti or prima
the day before yesterday → l'altroieri
the day before his birthday → la vigilia del suo compleanno
the day after → il giorno dopo
the following day → il giorno seguente
the day after tomorrow → dopodomani
her mother died 3 years ago to the day → oggi sono 3 anni che è morta sua madre
he works 8 hours a day → lavora 8 ore al giorno
any day now → da un giorno all'altro
every day → ogni giorno
every other day → un giorno sì e uno no, ogni due giorni
twice a day → due volte al giorno
one of these days → uno di questi giorni, un giorno o l'altro
the other day → l'altro giorno
from one day to the next → da un giorno all'altro
day after day → giorno dopo giorno
day in day out → un giorno dopo l'altro, tutti i santi giorni
for days on end → per giorni e giorni
day by day → giorno per giorno
to live from day to day or from one day to the next → vivere alla giornata
it made my day to see him smile (fam) → mi ha fatto veramente felice vederlo sorridere
he's fifty if he's a day! (fam) → cinquant'anni li ha di sicuro!
that'll be the day, when he offers to pay! (fam) → figuriamoci se offre di pagare!
by day → di giorno
to travel by day or during the day → viaggiare di giorno or durante il giorno
to work all day → lavorare tutto il giorno
to work day and night → lavorare giorno e notte
it's a fine day → è una bella giornata
to arrive on a fine/wet day → arrivare col bel tempo/con la pioggia
one summer's day → un giorno d'estate
a day off → un giorno libero
to work an 8-hour day → avere una giornata lavorativa di 8 ore
it's all in a day's work → fa parte del mestiere
paid by the day → pagato/a a giornata
to work days → fare il turno di giorno
in this day and age → ai nostri tempi
these days → di questi tempi, oggigiorno
to this day ... → ancor oggi...
in days to come → in futuro
in those days → a quei tempi, a quell'epoca
in the days when ... → all'epoca in cui...
in Queen Victoria's day → ai tempi della regina Vittoria
he was famous in his day → ai suoi tempi era famoso
in his younger days → quand'era (più) giovane
in the good old days → ai bei tempi
the happiest days of one's life → il periodo più felice della propria vita
during the early days of the strike → nelle prime fasi dello sciopero
it's had its day → ha fatto il suo tempo
day→ نَهَار, يَوْم den dag Tag ημέρα día päivä jour dan giorno 一日, 日 낮, 하루 dag dag dzień dia световой день, сутки dag กลางวัน, วัน gün, gündüz ban ngày, ngày 白天
- What a beautiful day! (US)
What a lovely day! (UK)
- What are your daily rates? (US)
What are your rates per day? (UK)
- Do you run day trips to ...?
- Is the museum open every day?
- I'd like a ski pass for a day
- How much is a pass for a day?
- We'd like to see nobody but ourselves all day! (US)
We'd like to see nobody but us all day! (UK)
- What day is it today?
- The day after tomorrow
- The day before yesterday
- What's the dish of the day? (US)
What is the dish of the day? (UK)
- What is the soup of the day?