midnight

Definitions

  • The Midnight Constellations of Spring, B.C. 2700
    The Midnight Constellations of Spring, B.C. 2700
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n midnight 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night "young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"
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The Midnight Constellations of Winter, B.C. 2700 The Midnight Constellations of Winter, B.C. 2700
THE MIDNIGHT SUN THE MIDNIGHT SUN
MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1958, the Crayola crayon color "Prussian Blue" was changed to "Midnight Blue" by the request of teachers as kids could not relate to Prussian history
    • a Midnight Being in, or characteristic of, the middle of the night; as, midnight studies; midnight gloom. "Midnight shout and revelry."
    • n Midnight The middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night. "The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the Canadian Arctic is called the "Land of the Midnight Sun" is because during the summer many communities have light 24 hours of the day. Many people have to cover their windows with tin foil to keep the light out when they sleep
    • n midnight The middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.
    • midnight Pertaining to or occurring in the middle of the night: as, midnight studies.
    • midnight To obscure; dim; darken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (Its rating has since been changed to R.)
    • n Midnight the middle of the night: twelve o'clock at night
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Quotations

  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.”
  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy%20Parker
    “Drink, and dance and laugh and lie, love the reeling midnight through, for tomorrow we shall die! (But, alas, we never do.)”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men, I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers.”

Idioms

Burn the midnight oil - If you stay up very late working or studying, you burn the midnight oil.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. midniht,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. (mid-), middgen; Ger. mitte and mittel, L. medius, Gr. mesos.

Usage

In literature:

Antonio kept watch until midnight, at which hour he was to be relieved by one of the peons.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Within a sepulchral vault, and at midnight, two persons were seated.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
At midnight he stretched out his hand very softly, but the little bells all sounded.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
It was just midnight.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
There was no reason why I should not tell her of my midnight adventure.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Having broken the drifts on the first trip, it was not hard going, but it was midnight when we reached the print shop.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
My impression is that he will die at midnight or dawn.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
At midnight the firing ceased.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
As usual, in such places, an elegant supper was served free at midnight.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
About midnight they marched silently into the town.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
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In poetry:

And sometimes we may think
This cannot -- will not -- be:
Some waves must rise -- some sink,
Out on the midnight sea.
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
At midnight in the trysting wood
I wandered by the waterside,
When, soft as mist, before me stood
My sweetheart who had died.
"At Midnight" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Awake!" she cried, "thy true love calls,
Come from her midnight grave;
Now let thy pity hear the maid
Thy love refused to save.
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
And o'er weary spirits keeping
Sorrow's night-watch, long and chill,
Shine they like thy sun of summer
Over midnight vale and hill.
"To Fredrika Bremer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Just at the mirk and midnight hour
The fairy folk will ride,
And they that wad their true love win,
At Miles Cross they maun bide."
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
"Just at the mirk and midnight hour
The fairy folk will ride,
And they that wad their true-love win,
At Miles Cross they maun bide."
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

It's well after midnight on the South Dakota prairie and biologist Travis Livieri is on the hunt.
Eleven members of Fortress Baton and Pom of Tiffin have been practicing for months to perform this week in Gatlinburg, Tenn. At midnight Sunday, they marched in the Fourth of July parade.
Smog agency officials have banned the use of some home fireplaces starting at midnight tonight, as an unusual smog pattern prompted air pollution warnings in the downtown Los Angeles area and most of the San Fernando Valley.
The board of students responsible for activities programming at the Davidson College Union has decided to no longer serve Chick-fil-A food at its "After Midnight" social gatherings this year.
Matt Chapman of East 900 in Carmi reported to the White County Sheriff's Office that someone took his four wheeler and three wheeler from his yard sometime after midnight Friday, Sept 28.
Midnight Lover Van Morrison and Your Dad Tyron Davis.
(FOX News Special re-airs today at 3pm, Sunday at 9pm & midnight EST).
You can also catch Bishop rocking your face off Saturday evenings from 7 to midnight.
This Friday's Midnight Movie is a bit different from the average Film Society pick.
Woody Allen can't keep the Midnight in Paris momentum with To Rome With Love.
30 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 11:30 am to midnight Friday and Saturday and 12:30 pm to 10 pm Sunday.
Democratic Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh won a second full term as North Country Congressman Tuesday, as his chief challenger, Republican Matt Doheny, conceded the race around midnight.
The victim, whose name has not been released yet, was at American Street and Duncannon Avenue when gunfire rang out after midnight.
The show, which airs on 90.7 in Los Angeles and 98.7 in Santa Barbara, runs from 10 pm to midnight.
When bass season opens at midnight this coming Saturday, all species of fish will once again be fair game in Pennsylvania.
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In science:

The inherent surface accuracy and thermal fluctuations in the shape of the dish cause large variations in Cλ at 450µm (the changes are still present, but smaller at 850µm); thus the gain at 450µm often does not stabilise until after midnight, and can vary by more than a factor of two in the course of one night.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The time is expressed as fractional days since local midnight.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
The time is expressed as fractional days since local midnight.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
For instance, time units such as days, weeks, months and years change in a synchronized way at certain predefined time instants (e.g., midnight or new year) that are conventionally established in a global fashion.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Note that during the vernal equinox, the longitude which is at noon has it’s Y axis pointing east, while the longitude which is at midnight has it’s Y axis pointing west, and vice-versa for the autumn equinox.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
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