American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, dim light left on all night.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An artificial light intended to be kept burning all night.
- n. Specifically— A short thick candle with a wick small in proportion and arranged so as to give a small flame for many hours.
- n. A short wick attached to a float which rests on the surface of oil in a vessel.
- n. A phosphorescent marine infusorian, Noctiluca miliaris.
- n. light (as a candle or small bulb) that burns in a bedroom at night (as for children or invalids)
“In the night-light he made out a dark object in the midst of the grass and brought his gun to bear upon it.”
“Given my troubled relationship with the dark, I needed not one night-light to fall asleep, but three.”
“He was already asleep, the night-light casting a pale glow on his face, creating a deceptively peaceful portrait of a child.”
“With no moonlight and just a pale triangle cast by the hall night-light, I could see only his silhouette and the rectangular shape of the piano.”
“A small night-light, plugged into the wall outside the third-floor bathroom, provided the only light in the hall.”
“At last I closed the closet door, leaving a narrow strip of light shining, in case he wanted to check it again, then I turned on a soft night-light by his bed.”
“A night-light comes in handy because blackout drapes mean the cabin will be pitch dark.”
“Drawing its inspiration from the sense of claustrophobia that one can sometimes feel in the pitch dark, it tells the story of a little girl who wakes up to find her night-light missing.”
“After feeling her way around for a while, she eventually wakes up her parents but they struggle to find the night-light too.”
“Throwing my spare velvet on the ground, I jump and grab at the apples my adjusting eyes can decipher in the night-light.”
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