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. 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
- 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.
- To grow dark; approach toward night.
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
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)