Vig"il(?), n. [OE. vigile, L. vigilia, from vigil awake, watchful, probably akin to E. wake: cf. F. vigile. See Wake, v. i., and cf. Reveille, Surveillance, Vedette, Vegetable, Vigor.] 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. "Worn out by the labors and vigils of many months." Macaulay.
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,Neale (Rhythm of St. Bernard).
The Judge is at the gate.
(Eccl.) (a) Originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast. (b) Later, the day and the night preceding a feast.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,Shak.
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,
And say, "To-morrow is St. Crispian."
(c) A religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast.
Vigils of flowers
Watchings 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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