Dream Dream (dr[=e]m), n. [Akin to OS. dr[=o]m, D. droom, G. traum, Icel. draumr, Dan. & Sw. dr["o]m; cf. G. tr["u]gen to deceive, Skr. druh to harm, hurt, try to hurt. AS. dre['a]m joy, gladness, and OS. dr[=o]m joy are, perh., different words; cf. Gr. qry^los noise.] 1. The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision. [1913 Webster]

Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I had a dream which was not all a dream. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy; a vagary; a revery; -- in this sense, applied to an imaginary or anticipated state of happiness; as, a dream of bliss; the dream of his youth. [1913 Webster]

There sober thought pursued the amusing theme, Till Fancy colored it and formed a dream. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

It is not them a mere dream, but a very real aim which they propose. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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