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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lasting for, extending over, or remaining during a night.
  • adjective For use over a single night or for a short journey.
  • adjective Mailed for guaranteed delivery on the next day.
  • adjective Happening as if in a single night; sudden.
  • adverb During or for the length of the night.
  • adverb In or as if in the course of one night; suddenly.
  • noun An overnight stay or trip.
  • intransitive verb To spend the night.
  • intransitive verb To send by mail or other courier for delivery the next day.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Night before bedtime, referring to the night just passed.
  • Done or occurring overnight; specifically, in racing, noting an entry made just before the day of the race, or a race arranged ‘overnight.’
  • noun In racing, a race (or entry) arranged the night before it is run.
  • Through the night; during the evening or night; especially, during the night just passed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Ocurring or accomplished during one night.
  • noun rare The fore part of the night last past; the previous evening.
  • adverb In the fore part of the night last past; in the evening before.
  • adverb Throughout the night.
  • adverb During the night; hence, in a short period of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb Throughout the night
  • adverb During a single night
  • adverb In a very short (but unspecified) amount of time
  • adjective Occurring between dusk and dawn.
  • adjective Complete before the next morning.
  • noun Items delivered or completed overnight.
  • noun An overnight stay, especially in a hotel or other lodging facility.

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

  • adverb during or for the length of one night
  • adverb happening in a short time or with great speed
  • adjective lasting, open, or operating through the whole night

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