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

  • adj. Lasting for, extending over, or remaining during a night: an overnight trip; an overnight guest.
  • adj. For use over a single night or for a short journey: overnight supplies.
  • adj. Mailed for guaranteed delivery on the next day: an overnight package.
  • adj. Happening as if in a single night; sudden: an overnight success.
  • adv. During or for the length of the night: Let the meat marinate overnight.
  • adv. In or as if in the course of one night; suddenly: became a sensation overnight.
  • n. An overnight stay or trip.
  • intransitive v. To spend the night: overnighting at a country inn.
  • transitive v. To send by mail or other courier for delivery the next day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Through the night; during the evening or night; especially, during 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.’
  • n. In racing, a race (or entry) arranged the night before it is run.
  • n. Night before bedtime, referring to the night just passed.

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

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


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