What does the word wakefulness mean?

Usage examples for wakefulness

  1. Long after it had ceased, the whisper lingered gently on my ear, like a lullaby that alternately soothed me to slumber, and welcomed me to wakefulness. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  2. Nichol had slept a good deal during the latter part of his journey, and now was inclined to wakefulness- a tendency much increased by his habit of waiting on hospital patients at night. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  3. After the preceding night of wakefulness and discomfort, the weary day in the train, the dizzy whirl through Berlin, the fright we had from the rough proceedings of the Germans, and all the strange experiences of the place we just escaped- after all this we needed rest. – From Plotzk to Boston by Mary Antin Commentator: Israel Zangwill

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