Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period between sunset and sunrise, especially the hours of darkness.
  • n. This period considered as a unit of time: for two nights running.
  • n. This period considered from its conditions: a rainy night.
  • n. The period between dusk and midnight of a given day: either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
  • n. The period between evening and bedtime.
  • n. This period considered from its activities: a night at the opera.
  • n. This period set aside for a specific purpose: Parents' Night at school.
  • n. The period between bedtime and morning: spent the night at a motel.
  • n. One's sleep during this period: had a restless night.
  • n. Nightfall: worked from morning to night.
  • n. Darkness: vanished into the night.
  • n. A time or condition of gloom, obscurity, ignorance, or despair: "In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning” ( F. Scott Fitzgerald).
  • n. A time or condition marked by absence of moral or ethical values: "He never would have let us go untroubled into the night of private greed” ( Anthony Lewis).
  • adj. Of or relating to the night: the night air.
  • adj. Intended for use at night: a night light.
  • adj. Working during the night: the night nurse.
  • adj. Active chiefly at night: night prowlers.
  • adj. Occurring after dark: night baseball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.
  • n. An evening or night spent at a particular activity.
  • n. A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.
  • n. Nightfall.
  • n. Darkness.
  • n. a dark blue colour, midnight blue.
  • interj. Short for good night
  • v. To spend a night (in a place), to overnight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of the natural day when the sun is beneath the horizon, or the time from sunset to sunrise; esp., the time between dusk and dawn, when there is no light of the sun, but only moonlight, starlight, or artificial light.
  • n.
  • n. Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
  • n. Intellectual and moral darkness; ignorance.
  • n. A state of affliction; adversity; as, a dreary night of sorrow.
  • n. The period after the close of life; death.
  • n. A lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems to sleep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow dark; approach toward night.
  • n. The dark half of the day; that part of the complete day during which the sun is below the horizon; the time from sunset to sunrise. See day.
  • n. Evening; nightfall; the end of the day: as, he came home at night.
  • n. Figuratively, a state or time of darkness, depression, misfortune, or the like.
  • n. The darkness of death or the grave.
  • n. A time of sadness or sorrow; a dreary period.
  • n. Old age.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the period spent sleeping
  • n. the dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit
  • n. Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx
  • n. the time between sunset and midnight
  • n. a shortening of nightfall
  • n. the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
  • n. a period of ignorance or backwardness or gloom
  • n. darkness

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English niht; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English night, nyght, niȝt, naht, from Old English niht, neht, nyht, neaht, næht ("night"), from Proto-Germanic *nahts (“night”), from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (“night”). Cognate with Scots nicht, neicht ("night"), West Frisian nacht ("night"), Dutch nacht ("night"), Low German Nacht ("night"), German Nacht ("night"), Danish nat ("night"), Swedish natt ("night"), Icelandic nótt ("night"), Latin nox ("night"), Greek νύχτα (núchta, "night"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hijra are night stalkers, night denizens, sleep is a misnomer for hijras, hijras sleep in the day time ..night is for full body massage under the hands of young raw masseur boys..the boys do it clinically but are highly paid for added nocturnal escapades.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • On one plantation, where I spent a few weeks, the slaves were called up to work long before daylight, when business pressed, and worked until late at night; and sometimes some of them _all night_.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • During crop time, the book-keepers had to be up every night till twelve o'clock, and every other night _all night_, superintending the work in the boiling-house, and at the mill.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • On such a night the suggestion comes uncommonly near to me that I wish to be _a sharer in the delight, a portion of tempest, of night_; [8] mounted on a runaway horse, to dash down the cliffs into the falls of the Rhine, or something similar.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 10 Prince Otto Von Bismarck, Count Helmuth Von Moltke, Ferdinand Lassalle

  • She remained a few hours to supply herself with refreshments, and as night fell took her station; but not at the distance of a marine league _during the night_.

    The Cruise of the Alabama and the Sumter

  • Thou know'st the mask of night is on my face, contains but one figurative expression, _the mask of night_; and every one reading this speech with the context, must have felt the peculiar propriety of its simplicity, though perhaps without examining the cause of an omission which certainly is not fortuitous.

    Characteristics of Women Moral, Poetical, and Historical

  • I took with me every night into my bed-room a brace of loaded pistols, that never missed fire, and my double-barrelled gun, charged and fresh primed; and any number of men less than four would not have gained admittance alive into my house in the _night time_.

    Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. — Volume 3

  • (§501. 14) «noctū», abl. used as adv. [[cf. «nox», _night_]], _at night, by night_

    Latin for Beginners

  • i am making sure the night goes smoothly ... without tornados in ardmore ... yes. night*

    vampishone Diary Entry

  • Temporal: ofer þā niht (_through the night, by night_), 737. b) w. verbs of saying, speaking, _about, of, concerning_: hē ofer benne spræc,

    Beowulf

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  • Kamtsatka, you might like the insomnia page. It's a secret Wordie community... Goodnight.

    November 16, 2008

  • Oh, I think it's time to me to go to sleep. Just look what I am writing. My doings are getting a bit tired. I'm going to listen to Bach's Air and then drag myself to bed. I should have gone to sleep almost one and a half hours ago but I can't resist staying up when my parents are not home. Ok, no one's even interested anymore. Good night.

    November 16, 2008

  • It's night here, what about there? (Am I just tired or also something else?)

    November 16, 2008