dawn breaking

danel32

Senior Member
Estonian - Estonia
Taken from BBC "Natural Wonders" episode. Narrator says: Heading due east from southern Africa we cross the huge island of Madagascar and travel over the Indian ocean for a further 4000 miles before meeting a new dawn breaking over a very old continent.

Basically I know, what mans "dawn breaking", but I can't understand whole meaning of this part.
PS Narrator talking about Australia.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    ... before meeting the beginning of a new day on a very old continent.

    Does that help? You know that we speak of "dawn breaking," to describe the coming of the morning light on a new day? We also talk about daybreak.

    The language approach is one of opposites: new dawn/old continent. (Of course all the world's continents are pretty old, depending on how you're assigning ages.)
     

    danel32

    Senior Member
    Estonian - Estonia
    Thank you, Copyright! It was helpful. I was confused that "dawn breaking" means also "early in the day".
     
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