Vigil

Definition of Vigil

Vig´il
n.1.Abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch.
Nothing wears out a fine face like the vigils of the card table and those cutting passions which attend them.
- Addison.
2.Hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises.
So they in heaven their odes and vigils tuned.
- Milton.
Be sober and keep vigil,
The Judge is at the gate.
- Neale (Rhythm of St. Bernard).
3.(Eccl.) Originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,
And say, "To-morrow is St. Crispian."
- Shak.
4.A religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast.
Vigils of flowers
(Bot.) a peculiar faculty belonging to the flowers of certain plants of opening and closing their petals at certain hours of the day.

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