dog days

noun
the hot period between early July and early September; a period of inactivity
Syn: ↑canicule, ↑canicular days
Derivationally related forms: ↑canicular (for: ↑canicule)
Hypernyms: ↑time period, ↑period of time, ↑period
Part Holonyms: ↑summer, ↑summertime

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dog-day, adj.
1. the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11.
2. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.
[1530-40; trans. of L dies caniculares; see CANICULAR]

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dog days plural noun
1. The period when the Dogstar rises and sets with the sun (usu reckoned 3 July to 11 August) and which is erroneously supposed to be the time when dogs are specially liable to hydrophobia
2. A period of inactivity
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Main Entry:dog

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dog days UK US noun [plural] literary
the hottest days of the year
Thesaurus: warm and hot weather

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dog days,
1. a period of very hot and uncomfortable weather during July and August: »

Come the crab-grass and the dog days, we'll have faint excuse to flee the trowel for the hammock (Wall Street Journal).

2. Figurative. an evil time.
[translation of Latin diēs canīculārēs days of the Dog Star; because this is the period when the rising of the Dog Star (Sirius) coincides with the rising of the sun]

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plural n. the hottest period of the year (reckoned in antiquity from the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star)
a period of inactivity or sluggishness

in August the baseball races are in the dog days

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noun [plural]
: the hottest time of the year

The kids used to go swimming every afternoon during the dog days of summer.

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ˈdog days [dog days] noun plural
the hottest period of the year

the dog days of summer


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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