night

Definitions

  • NIGHT
    NIGHT
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Night Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx
    • n night darkness "it vanished into the night"
    • n night the dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit "three nights later he collapsed"
    • n night the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
    • n night the time between sunset and midnight "he watched television every night"
    • n night the period spent sleeping "I had a restless night"
    • n night a period of ignorance or backwardness or gloom
    • n night a shortening of nightfall "they worked from morning to night"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Ocean Policeman by Night An Ocean Policeman by Night
Night. Egyptian Night. Egyptian
Night. Shoshoni Night. Shoshoni
why not Stop All Night why not Stop All Night
THE CAMP.—A NIGHT SURPRISE THE CAMP.—A NIGHT SURPRISE
ANOTHER NIGHT SURPRISE AT CHOBHAM ANOTHER NIGHT SURPRISE AT CHOBHAM
THE BEAN-STALK GROWS OUT OF SIGHT IN A NIGHT THE BEAN-STALK GROWS OUT OF SIGHT IN A NIGHT
Night Watchman Came in With a House Policeman 071 Night Watchman Came in With a House Policeman 071

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The TV show "Saturday Night Live" made its debut on October 11, 1975
    • Night A lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems to sleep.
    • Night A state of affliction; adversity; as, a dreary night of sorrow.
    • Night Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
    • Night Intellectual and moral darkness; ignorance.
    • Night 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. "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night ."
    • Night The period after the close of life; death.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night
    • n night 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 night Evening; nightfall; the end of the day: as, he came home at night.
    • n night Figuratively, a state or time of darkness, depression, misfortune, or the like. A state of ignorance; intellectual darkness: as, the night of the middle ages.
    • n night The darkness of death or the grave.
    • n night A time of sadness or sorrow; a dreary period.
    • n night Old age.
    • night To grow dark; approach toward night.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night
    • n Night nīt the end of the day: the time from sunset to sunrise: darkness: ignorance, affliction, or sorrow: death
    • adv Night by night: every night
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Quotations

  • Kahlil Gibran
    Kahlil%20Gibran
    “One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “For precious friends hid in death's dateless night.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. [Twelfth Night]”
  • Georges Rouault
    Georges Rouault
    “Painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.”

Idioms

Night owl - A night owl is someone who goes to bed very late.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. night, niht, AS. neaht, niht,; akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht, Icel. nōtt, Sw. natt, Dan. nat, Goth. nahts, Lith. naktis, Russ. noche, W. nos, Ir. nochd, L. nox, noctis, Gr. ny`x nykto`s, Skr. nakta, nakti,. √265. Cf. Equinox Nocturnal

Usage

In literature:

To-night we will feast.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
I'll explain to you when you've seen something of my work to-night.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
His thoughts had been tireless to-night.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Friday night five stayed here, last night two more, and another has just gone.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
As they saw no reason for haste, they slept in the woods another night, and the next night thereafter they approached the Indian village.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There was a great fuss last night over the supposed discovery of six cases of measles in our unit.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
She hadn't noticed that night, but the first night he had worn a coat like an old Manx cape.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The night is like a seaside night in England towards the end of September.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
To-night we shall have a famous house; but we might have had it last night too.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I couldn't go through another night like last night again.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
This night isn't a night with a purpose, because it's lovely.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Good-night all; good night.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Nevertheless, when night came, another reaction set in, and he elected to sleep with Ed because he could not face such another night alone.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Some nights we were lying on snow; other nights we were drenched in rain.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Now the sun is setting, and the night, the dark night, is approaching.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
One half of my battalion was to go into trenches one night, and the other half went the next night.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Sometimes in the night, the child cried and cried, when the night was heavy and sleep oppressed him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
But perhaps it was not only work that kept Raoul at the trading post night after night.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
I wonder," he went on, "who got that letter the last night the miserable Melrose girl was here, or the night after.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
That night, however, was a night of gloom and sorrow in our army.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

All night across the waters
The tossing lights shone clear;
All night from reeling taffrail
The Three Bells sent her cheer.
"The Three Bells" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thy heart is made of stone, I see.
I wept and wept, all uselessly.
Now I shall sleep, I can't be free,
All night, all night sing me oror!
"Cradle Song (2)" by Raphael Patkanian
While prowling beasts in quest of prey
Fill night with terror and dismay;
O! how dreadful must have been,
That first night, in a world of sin.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
Yet will the Lord command his love,
When I address his throne by day,
Nor in the night his grace remove;
The night shall hear me sing and pray.
"Psalm 42 part 2" by Isaac Watts
"O God, I weary of this night,
When will you bring the dawn again?"
The night must run its course, but God
Was weary too with watching-strain.
"Sickness" by John Crowe Ransom
'Twas on that night, when the winds were dumb,
And the tossing waters still,
That a ship was 'nighted, on her way,
By the rocks of Seäm's isle.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman

In news:

Reporter's Notebook: Jeffrey Brown Discusses Covering Economic Crisis Night After Night .
The Taliban posts these threatening notes, known as " night letter s," on mosques, schools and government buildings at night, under the cover of darkness.
The women were considered rotating night-shift workers if they worked at least three nights per month, in addition to day and evening hours.
The Night Vision Advisory Council ( NVAC ) will hold its first formal meeting on September 19 on the eve of the annual Night Vision Conference (NightCon 2012) in Dallas.
Night Vision Depot is a manufacturer of night vision systems.
Zaxby's will host a percentage night at the following locations from 5 to 8 pm today to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk : 2100 Barnett Shoals Road, 2255 W Broad St, 1800 Epps Brisge Pkwy.
Night of the Living Night Watchman .
Zaxby's will host a percentage night at the following locations from 5 to 8 pm today to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk: 2100 Barnett Shoals Road, 2255 W Broad St, 1800 Epps Brisge Pkwy.
Night of the Living Night Watchman.
Last night was a very interesting night of fights on The Ultimate Fighter.
Just after sunset last night, the heavy equipment began to roll out in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the start of another all-night shift to pick up the oil that has washed ashore from the blown-out BP well.
This Saturday night (Aug 15) is Old Timer's Night at the Rockford Speedway.
On a night when the Mets were desperate for a win, pitcher R.A. Dickey threw his second one-hitter in a row, leading them to a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night at Citi Field.
Regular attendees will find a familiar schedule with Thursday's Beauty Pageant , Friday's Republican Night, Saturday's Democrat Night, fish fry Friday and Saturday and dance troops of Carrier Mills and Vienna.
This was inside a champagne-soaked Yankees clubhouse nearly three years ago, the night they beat Pedro Martinez and the Phillies in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series, the night they won a 27th.
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In science:

These were also the only photometric nights, such that the standard star observations were useful for absolute photometric calibrations.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Standard star observations were taken each night the sky appeared to be photometric.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
The photometric stability was acceptable on only two of the nights.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
The coefficients varied slightly between the two nights, so separate transformations were applied to the data taken on each of the nights.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Photometry and spectroscopy of IP Peg were obtained over four nights in 1995 October from the 2.5-m INT and 1.0m JKT on La Palma.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Only two nights of photometry were taken – simultaneous with the spectroscopy (see Section 2.4).
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The images for each night were first bias subtracted.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The relevant measurements for a single galaxy typically require one night on a 4m class telescope.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
The other two (UGC 2369 and UGC 2403) were observed in quite noisy sky conditions on the same night.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The night-only extraction greatly reduced airglow, but it reduced the signal-to-noise of the O VI profiles so severely that we present only the data from the full exposures.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
Typically, about 30 stars were observed during each night.
Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Circular Aperture Photometry
Notes: In column (3) is reported the number of the total/photometric nights for the corresponding run.
Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Circular Aperture Photometry
This column also includes the number of partially photometric nights, preceded by a plus sign.
Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Circular Aperture Photometry
On each night, long-slit spectra for 2–4 IAU radial velocity standard stars were obtained during twilight.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Background sky was removed by fitting cubic splines to the night sky lines and subtracting.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
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