The time just before dawn.

pre′dawn′ adj.


the period before dawn
before dawn
before dawn


(priˈdɔn, ˈpri-)

1. the period immediately preceding dawn.
2. occurring just before dawn.
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Army arrested three Palestinians after raiding the village for the third time at predawn Sunday, in an apparently continuing offensive on the village and other villages and towns in Jenin area, in manhunt for Ahmad Nasr Jarrar who allegedly killed an Israeli settler near Nablus last month.
Escudero, member of the majority bloc in the Senate, was reacting to the predawn drug raid in Ozamiz City on Sunday that reportedly left 15 people dead, including its mayor, Reynaldo Parojinog, and some of his family members.
Israeli forces conducted predawn raids into the Hebron district towns of Dura, Idna and Surif, detaining five Palestinians and seizing a Palestinian-registered vehicle and the sum of 7,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $2,000), WAFA reported.
Summary: The predawn ordeal began when a major transmission line between the city and the national grid tripped
RAMALLAH, April 22 (KUNA) -- Israeli occupation forces continued their detention campaign across occupied East Jerusalem in predawn raids Friday, detaining at least 20 Palestinians, as the Israeli authorities announced tightened security measures for the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Forces also detained a Palestinian during a predawn raid into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
Make/model : 2016 toyota camry xse exterior colors / interior colors: (1 each) predawn grey / black, (1 each) silver metallic / black, (1 each) cosmic grey/ black, (1 each) celestial silver metallic/ black, (1 each) predawn gray mica / black.
Occupied Jerusalem, Rabi'I 3, 1436, Dec 25, 2014, SPA -- At least 12 Palestinians were Thursday arrested by the Israeli forces during predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Nablus and Hebron and in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported today.
11 DAWN: Venus blazes well to the left of the waning crescent Moon from predawn to sunrise.
However, the Venezuelan president still has supporters willing to sound trumpets and set off fireworks in a tradition predawn 'wake-up call' for voters.
Summary: In a predawn surprise raid carried out by residency inspectors, 39 illegal residents were nabbed in Dubai on Thursday morning.
At the time, they did not know how they would provide the predawn meal and iftar for themselves and their children during Ramadan.