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 for dawn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dawn \Dawn\, n.
     1. The break of day; the first appearance of light in the
        morning; show of approaching sunrise.
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              And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve.
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              No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon,
              No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day. --Hood.
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     2. First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning;
        rise. "The dawn of time." --Thomson.
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              These tender circumstances diffuse a dawn of
              serenity over the soul.               --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dawn \Dawn\ (d[add]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dawned (d[add]nd);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Dawning.] [OE. dawnen, dawen, dagen, daien,
     AS. dagian to become day, to dawn, fr. d[ae]g day; akin to D.
     dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas. See
     Day. [root]71.]
     1. To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to
        break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning
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              In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn
              toward the first day of the week, came Mary
              Magdalene . . . to see the sepulcher. --Matt.
                                                    xxviii. 1.
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     2. To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand.
        "In dawning youth." --Dryden.
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              When life awakes, and dawns at every line. --Pope.
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              Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid. --Heber,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they
           talked until morning" [syn: dawn, dawning, morning,
           aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break
           of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow]
           [ant: sundown, sunset]
      2: the earliest period; "the dawn of civilization"; "the morning
         of the world" [syn: dawn, morning]
      3: an opening time period; "it was the dawn of the Roman Empire"
      v 1: become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It
           dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was
           penetrated with sorrow" [syn: click, get through,
           dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate,
           fall into place]
      2: appear or develop; "The age of computers had dawned"
      3: become light; "It started to dawn, and we had to get up"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  110 Moby Thesaurus words for "dawn":
     A, advent, alpha, antemeridian, appear, appearance, arise, arrival,
     arrive, aurora, auroral, awakening, begin, beginning, birth,
     blast-off, break, break of day, brighten, brightening, broad day,
     chanticleer, cockcrow, cocklight, come to mind, commence,
     commencement, crack of dawn, creation, cutting edge, dawning, day,
     day glow, day-peep, daybreak, daylight, dayshine, dayspring,
     daytide, daytime, develop, dusk, edge, emerge, emergence,
     establishment, first brightening, first light, flying start,
     foundation, fresh start, full sun, genesis, gleam, green flash,
     grow bright, grow light, inauguration, inception, institution,
     jump-off, kick-off, leading edge, light, light of day, lighten,
     matin, matinal, matutinal, midday sun, morn, morning,
     new departure, noonlight, noontide light, occur to, oncoming,
     onset, opening, origin, originate, origination, outbreak, outset,
     outstart, peep of day, prime, ray of sunshine, rise, running start,
     send-off, setting in motion, setting-up, shine, square one, start,
     start-off, starting point, sun spark, sunbeam, sunbreak, sunburst,
     sunlight, sunrise, sunshine, sunup, take-off, twilight, unfold,
     vestibule of Day

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

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From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  DAWN, n.  The time when men of reason go to bed.  Certain old men
  prefer to rise at about that time, taking a cold bath and a long walk
  with an empty stomach, and otherwise mortifying the flesh.  They then
  point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy
  health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old,
  not because of their habits, but in spite of them.  The reason we find
  only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the
  others who have tried it.

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