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Definition of the noun wakefulness

What does wakefulness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wakefulnesses

  1. a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
  2. a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep
    • example: accept your wakefulness and sleep in its own contrary way is more likely to come
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of wakefulness: sleeplessness
    • antonym of wakefulness: sleepiness
    • more generic term: temporary state = a state that continues for a limited time
  3. the process of paying close and continuous attention
    • example: wakefulness, watchfulness, and bellicosity make a good hunter
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of wakefulness: alertness / vigilance / watchfulness
    • more generic word: attention = the faculty or power of mental concentration
    • more specific word: jealousy = zealous vigilance

Alternative definition of the noun wakefulness


  1. The state of being wakeful.


Wakefulness is a daily recurring brain state and state of consciousness in which an individual is conscious and engages in coherent cognitive and behavior responses to the external world such as communication, ambulation, eating, and sex. Being awake is the opposite of the state of being asleep in which most external inputs to the brain are excluded from neural processing.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wakefulness

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Google previewOn Time - New Contributions to the Husserlian Phenomenology of Time (2010)

by Dieter Lohmar, Ichiro Yamaguchi

Wakefulness is the openness of consciousness to experience as such, not a state or condition of an individual act of...

Yet even though wakefulness is a global predicate of consciousness and does not, in this regard, have a particular ...

Google previewWaking, Dreaming, Being (2014)

Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy by Evan Thompson

To put the idea another way, from the brain's perspective—or rather from the perspective of the thalamocortical system sustaining consciousness— wakefulness is a case of dreaming with sensorimotor constraints, and dreaming is a case of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Wakefulness is a form of arousal, but so is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, albeit lower on the arousal continuum than...

Google previewConstraints of Agency (2014)

Explorations of Theory in Everyday Life by Craig W. Gruber, Matthew Clark, Sven Hroar Klempe, Jaan Valsiner

Wakefulness is a state where both unconscious ...

Google previewSleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism (2014)

The Rhythm of Life by William Olds

relative to wakefulness is a reliable finding in positron emission tomography studies on human subjects. Estimates of the reduction in ...

Google previewEmmanuel Levinas (2012)

The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics by E. Wyschogrod

Such wakefulness is a detachment both from objects and from human presence. Consciousness no longer deploys our attention; instead we are held by the naked fact of the il y a. Our watchfulness is not directed to anything specific and thus ...

Google previewThe Nature of Experience (2011)

Thoughts on the Reality of Consciousness by W. H. Sparks

Wakefulness is the experience of the environment. The theory of consciousness is explained by identifying the structures and processes that serve to detect, transduce to nerve impulse activity, and develop energies to innervate the muscle ...

Google previewSay Good Night to Insomnia (2009)

The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed At Harvard Medical School by Gregg D. Jacobs

Prior Wakefulness and Sleep Efficiency Prior wakefulness refers to the number of hours that have elapsed from the time you rise in the morning until you turn off the lights at bedtime to go to sleep. Our sleep system follows a basic principle: the ...

Google previewDreamtelling (2004)

by Pierre Sorlin

Wakefulness is the free play of our faculties; sleep limits the same faculties. What is crucial in Aristotle's scheme is that sleep affects our sensory capacity, since the impressions present in dreams are exactly those manifest by day. But in the ...

Google previewMarry Your Muse (2012)

Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity by Jan Phillips

—Emily Dickinson page 137 Wakefulness is a state of non-illusion where you see things.

Google previewClinical Manual for Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders (2009)

by Martin Reite, Michael P. Weissberg, John Ruddy

The most prominent electroencephalographic rhythm of quiet, relaxed wakefulness is the so-called alpha rhythm, seen in the regions over the top and back of the head (the visual reception re- gions) when the subject's eyes are closed.

Google previewThe Nietzsche Dictionary (2014)

by Douglas Burnham

N employs the metaphors of sleeping and awakening in a fairly conventional symbolic sense: to sleep meaning to be unaware and unconcerned, and wakefulness as being aware or acting. Thus Zarathustra is 'awakened' but travelling down ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber [2 volumes] (2012)

The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber by Deirdre Barrett, Patrick McNamara Ph.D.

Sleep deprivation refers to wakefulness that is extended beyond the 16 hours that is considered a normal day. Acute sleep deprivation is a single episode of extended wakefulness. Chronic partial sleep deprivation is covered in another ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychology (2000)


Google previewEncyclopedia of the Mind (2012)

by Harold Pashler

During wakefulness, the thalamus plays a central role in conveying incoming afferent sensory signals—except olfaction—to the corresponding cortical areas, and cortical neurons reciprocally communicate to the thalamus. With increasing ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders (2012)

by Arthur MacNeill Horton

The pathophysiology of narcolepsy is not confined to REM sleep, but also involves wakefulness and non-REM sleep.

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Wakefulness Meaning

Video shows what wakefulness means. The state of being wakeful.. Wakefulness Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary. How to say ...

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Quotes about Wakefulness

Daily you do your love express
in every minute of wakefulness
and even when you are asleep
there is a sweet message in your quietness. (Gert Strydom)
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Scrabble value of W4A1K5E1F4U1L1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 11-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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