Lucubration Lu`cu*bra"tion, n. [l. lucubratio;cf. F. lucubration.] 1. The act of lucubrating, or studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; meditation. [1913 Webster]

After long lucubration I have hit upon such an expedient. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary composition. [1913 Webster]

Thy lucubrations have been perused by several of our friends. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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