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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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DAWN'ING, participle present tense 1. Growing light; first appearing luminous; opening; as the dawning day.

2. Opening; expanding; beginning to show intellectual light; beginning.

DAWN'ING, noun

1. The first appearance of light in the morning.

2. The first opening or appearance of the intellectual powers; beginning; as the first dawning of notions in the understanding.

First Occurrence in the Bible(KJV): Joshua 6:15