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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diurnal mean? 

DIURNAL (adjective)
  The adjective DIURNAL has 2 senses:

1. belonging to or active during the day
2. having a daily cycle or occurring every day

  Familiarity information: DIURNAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DIURNAL (adjective)

Sense 1diurnal [BACK TO TOP]


Belonging to or active during the day

Context examples:

diurnal animals are active during the day / diurnal flowers are open during the day and closed at night

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)


nocturnal (belonging to or active during the night)

Sense 2diurnal [BACK TO TOP]


Having a daily cycle or occurring every day

Context examples:

diurnal rhythms / diurnal rotation of the heavens / the diurnal slumber of bats


cyclic; cyclical (recurring in cycles)

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