I need a word (ideally) or phrase that means "daytime" that can be used in a sentence "the event happened at dawn/dusk/night/day"

"The event happened at day", and "The event happened at daytime" don't seem to really sound right.

The key thing here is fitting into a sentence that has the word 'at' in it, because it is going into construction of a sentence on a web site that has to cover these possibilities.

A typical example might be "The battle occurred at night in the rain", or "The battle occurred at day in the mist". The latter doesn't sound right.

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  • If you just have to use 'at', I think you might say: The event started at dawn and stopped at dust/night. – user66974 Dec 14 '14 at 21:26
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    I find that I want to say "during the daytime" not "at daytime". I'm hoping for a word that works with 'at' better than that! – GreenAsJade Dec 14 '14 at 21:32
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    Why do you need to use 'at' instead of 'in or during'? – user66974 Dec 14 '14 at 21:39
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    You are essentially storing a series of characters. Why can't you store a series of characters that possibility include some spaces? Then you could store "at dawn" "at dusk" "during the day" etc. – Jim Dec 14 '14 at 22:41
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about programming (fitting words into rigid code slots), not E L & U. – Drew Dec 15 '14 at 2:51

I think that trying to avoid common colloquial usage would only confuse the reader.

"Most automobile accidents occur at night. Most people work during the day."

  • It seems to be right, that this is the case. Dang :) – GreenAsJade Dec 14 '14 at 22:20
  • @GreenAsJade A key goal is to communicate with absolute clarity. A simple, colloquial, journalistic approach is usually a good bet. – Gary's Student Dec 14 '14 at 22:26
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    This does not satisfy OP's requirement: 'The key thing here is fitting into a sentence that has the word 'at' in it' and so should be posted as a comment. Or rather, as it repeats other comments, not posted. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 14 '14 at 22:43

There is no normal-sounding at phrase, but you might try in daylight.

  • That's not a bad idea! – GreenAsJade Dec 15 '14 at 2:19

If you want to repeat the same preposition you can say "by day and by night".

  • But then ... by dawn? – GreenAsJade Dec 15 '14 at 2:19

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