veille (vey) noun, feminine
: sleeplessness, wakefulness
from the Latin, "vigilia"
en veille = watch (nightwatch)
en mode veille = in sleep mode
la veille = the day before
veille-sommeil = sleep-wakefulness
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English Grammar for Students of French: The Study
Guide for Those Learning French
by Kristin Espinasse
I was up late last night with a touch of insomnie. What is usually a warm and cozy bed... felt like a camping cot over which I tried, in vain, to rest a chatty head.
Under the couvertures there seemed to be a draft... for I could not get the chill out—no matter the extra blankets... or the robe piled over all that.
Pajamas legs now tucked into my chaussettes... I slipped my chilly hands under my arms and burrowed down deeper into the bed in search of warmth.
The room temperature had not changed and the blankets were the same... I could not understand where sommeil had gone... were it not for an over-active brain—
Where thoughts danced around like the larmes of a clown,
faster than laughter beneath the "big top"
before the tent is finally taken down.
Les horaires veille-sommeil peuvent être perturbés en de nombreuses circonstances. Un bon exemple est le jet lag syndrome (syndrome du décalage horaire). Periods of sleep-wakefulness can be perturbed by numerous circumstances. A good example is the syndrome of jet lag. (LE MONDE - Le Monde Interactif - Mar 15, 1989)
la veille (f) = sleeplessness
une insomnie (f) = insomnia
une couverture = blanket, cover
une larme (f) = tear
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