• WordNet 3.6
    • n nighthawk mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
    • n nighthawk a person who likes to be active late at night
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nighthawk A caprimulgine bird of the genus Chordeiles. The common night-hawk of the United states is C. popetue or C. virginianus, also called bullbat, and in the West lndies pisk: and piramidig. It flies chiefly toward evening and in cloudy weather, and belongs to the same family (Caprimulgidæ) as the whippoorwill and chuck-will's-widow, though it is of a different genus. It is 9 or 10 inches long, 23 in extent of wings, of a slim form, with very small bill but widely cleft and capacious month, long, sharp, thin-bladed wings, forked tail, and small weak feet; the plumage is intimately blended with black, brown, gray, and tawny shades, something like dark-veined marble, and the male has a pure white V-shaped mark on the throat, and large white blotches on the wings and tail, which are tawny in the female. It abounds in temperate North America, and is a bird of powerful flight, often seen careering in pursuit of insects, twisting and doubling with great ease and grace, and frequently falling through the air with a hoarse cry. It lays two eggs of elliptical form and dark variegated color, placing them on the ground with little or no nest. The bird is migratory, and retires beyond the United States in the autumn. There are several other species of the same genus, as C. henryi and C. texensis.
    • n nighthawk The night-jar or goatsucker, Caprimulgus curopæus.
    • n nighthawk One of certain petrels of the genus Œstrelata: as, the white night-hawk or mutton-bird, Œ. lessoni.
    • n nighthawk One who prowls about at night; specifically, a night cabman or his cab or horse.
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In literature:

The nighthawks swooped in the pale zenith with the twang of smitten chords.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The Cry of the Nighthawk.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Boomer the Nighthawk and Hooty the Owl completed the party, though Hooty had not been invited and no one knew that he was there.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
All this time Mr. Nighthawk was growing hungrier than ever.
"The Tale of Kiddie Katydid" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Nighthawks in search of food darted in erratic flight, uttering their peculiar booming notes.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
At night he used his trusty light to frighten Mr. Nighthawk or Willie Whip-poor-will.
"The Tale of Chirpy Cricket" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Almost on the summit a western nighthawk sprang up from my feet.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Van Hoose (1955:302) wrote that nighthawks were heard and seen frequently 3 mi.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
I noticed this particularly when camping in the backwoods of Eastern Canada where the bird goes by the name of nighthawk.
"Birds in the Calendar" by Frederick G. Aflalo
The Nighthawk or some of its sub-species is found in nearly all parts of North America, its habits being the same in all localities.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed

In news:

My object was to find a few Nighthawks which should be gathering in small groups for their southbound migration.
In past years, I'd stop by the Pine Bush and watch dozens or more Nighthawks .
Bottom line – there are a lot fewer nighthawks now.
NightHawk Radiology Supports High-Risk Plaque Research Initiative.
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk saw its first flight in 1981, and retired from service as a stealth ground-attack aircraft in 2008.
Nighthawks appear to be selling football, not snake oil .
They swoop in like a hawk -- a nighthawk.
Nighthawks General Manager Jerry Hughes at press conference.
All three new assistant coaches worked under Moglia with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
The Nighthawks Beat Up The Cardinals.
Black Hawk Nighthawks reporter Sadie Brockett, Reinbeck Courier.
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Black Hawk Nighthawks 4-H Club gathered at Parkview Nursing Home to spend some time with the residents.
E-Hawks Fall To Nighthawks In Home Opener.
Detectors and alarms such as the Kidde Nighthawk Digital Display can protect your home from carbon monoxide dangers.
Nighthawk Custom Costa Recon Review.