a.1.Composed by candlelight, or by night; of or pertaining to night studies; laborious or painstaking.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In contrast to the lightness and brevity, the stylistic elegance and felicity of the first edition--an exemplary instance of what one critic calls the "country house" essay--the second and subsequent ones resemble more what we have come to expect from the discipline that Carlyle, after reading this Malthus, christened "the dismal science": lucubratory and data-laden, drier and more ponderous, no longer witty, just longer.