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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 di·ur·nal /daɪˈɝnḷ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 di·ur·nal /daɪˈɝnḷ/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·ur·nal a.
 1. Relating to the daytime; belonging to the period of daylight, distinguished from the night; -- opposed to nocturnal; as, diurnal heat; diurnal hours.
 2. Daily; recurring every day; performed in a day; going through its changes in a day; constituting the measure of a day; as, a diurnal fever; a diurnal task; diurnal aberration, or diurnal parallax; the diurnal revolution of the earth.
 Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
 Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring.   --Shak.
 3. Bot. Opening during the day, and closing at night; -- said of flowers or leaves.
 4. Zool. Active by day; -- applied especially to the eagles and hawks among raptorial birds, and to butterflies (Diurna) among insects.
 Diurnal aberration Anat., the aberration of light arising from the effect of the earth's rotation upon the apparent direction of motion of light.
 Diurnal arc, the arc described by the sun during the daytime or while above the horizon; hence, the arc described by the moon or a star from rising to setting.
 Diurnal circle, the apparent circle described by a celestial body in consequence of the earth's rotation.
 Diurnal motion of the earth, the motion of the earth upon its axis which is described in twenty-four hours.
 Diurnal motion of a heavenly body, that apparent motion of the heavenly body which is due to the earth's diurnal motion.
 Diurnal parallax. See under Parallax.
 Diurnal revolution of a planet, the motion of the planet upon its own axis which constitutes one complete revolution.
 Syn: -- See Daily.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·ur·nal n.
 1. A daybook; a journal. [Obs.]
 2. R. C. Ch. A small volume containing the daily service for the “little hours,” viz., prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline.
 3. Zool. A diurnal bird or insect.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: belonging to or active during the day; "diurnal animals are
             active during the day"; "diurnal flowers are open
             during the day and closed at night" [ant: nocturnal]
      2: having a daily cycle or occurring every day; "diurnal
         rhythms"; "diurnal rotation of the heavens"; "the diurnal
         slumber of bats"