Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (v. i.) To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns.
2. (v. i.) To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand.
3. (n.) The break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise.
4. (n.) First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise.