What does Night mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Night.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. night, nighttime, darknoun

    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside

  2. nightnoun

    a period of ignorance or backwardness or gloom

  3. nightnoun

    the period spent sleeping

    "I had a restless night"

  4. nightnoun

    the dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit

    "three nights later he collapsed"

  5. nightnoun


    "it vanished into the night"

  6. nightnoun

    a shortening of nightfall

    "they worked from morning to night"

  7. nightnoun

    the time between sunset and midnight

    "he watched television every night"

  8. Nox, Nightnoun

    Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx


  1. nightnoun

    The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.

  2. nightnoun

    An evening or night spent at a particular activity.

    a night on the town

  3. nightnoun

    A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.

    We stayed at the Hilton for five nights.

  4. nightnoun


    from noon till night

  5. nightnoun


    The cat disappeared into the night.

  6. nightverb

    To spend a night (in a place), to overnight.

  7. nightinterjection

    Short for good night

    Night all! Thanks for a great evening!

  8. Nightnoun

    The goddess of the night in Heathenry.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NIGHTnoun

    Etymology: nauts, Gothick; niht , Saxon; nuit, Fr.

    The duke of Cornwall, and Regan his dutchess, will be here this night. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night divide the spoil. Gen. xlix. 27.

    Pharaoh rose up in the night. Exodus xii. 30.

    They did eat and drink, and tarried all night. Gen. xxiv. 54.

    Let them sleep, let them sleep on,
    ’Till this stormy night be gone,
    And th’ eternal morrow dawn,
    Then the curtains will be drawn;
    And they waken with that light,
    Whose day shall never sleep in night. Richard Crashaw.

    Dire Tisiphone there keeps the ward,
    Girt in her sanguine gown by night and day,
    Observant of the souls that pass the downward way. Dryd.


  1. Night

    Night (also described as night time, unconventionally spelled as "nite") is the period of ambient darkness from sunset to sunrise during each 24-hour day, when the Sun is below the horizon. The exact time when night begins and ends depends on the location and varies throughout the year, based on factors such as season and latitude. The word can be used in a different sense as the time between bedtime and morning. In common communication, the word night is used as a farewell ("good night", sometimes shortened to "night"), mainly when someone is going to sleep or leaving.Astronomical night is the period between astronomical dusk and astronomical dawn when the Sun is between 18 and 90 degrees below the horizon and does not illuminate the sky. As seen from latitudes between about 48.56° and 65.73° north or south of the Equator, complete darkness does not occur around the summer solstice because, although the Sun sets, it is never more than 18° below the horizon at lower culmination, −90° Sun angles occur at the Tropic of Cancer on the December solstice and Tropic of Capricorn on the June solstice, and at the equator on equinoxes. And as seen from latitudes greater than 72° north or south of the equator, complete darkness does not occur both equinoxes because, although the Sun sets, it is never more than 18° below the horizon. The opposite of night is day (or "daytime", to distinguish it from "day" referring to a 24-hour period). Twilight is the period of night after sunset or before sunrise when the Sun still illuminates the sky when it is below the horizon. At any given time, one side of Earth is bathed in sunlight (the daytime), while the other side is in darkness caused by Earth blocking the sunlight. The central part of the shadow is called the umbra, where the night is darkest. Natural illumination at night is still provided by a combination of moonlight, planetary light, starlight, zodiacal light, gegenschein, and airglow. In some circumstances, aurorae, lightning, and bioluminescence can provide some illumination. The glow provided by artificial lighting is sometimes referred to as light pollution because it can interfere with observational astronomy and ecosystems.


  1. night

    Night refers to the period of darkness that occurs between sunset and sunrise, typically lasting around twelve hours. It is characterized by the absence of sunlight and is associated with lower levels of ambient light. Nighttime is a natural occurrence caused by the rotation of the Earth, where one side faces away from the Sun, causing darkness to prevail. During night, human activity tends to decrease, and many organisms, particularly nocturnal animals, become active. Nighttime also holds cultural and symbolic significance in various societies, often associated with rest, relaxation, reflection, and the mysteries of the dark.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nightnoun

    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

  2. Nightnoun

    darkness; obscurity; concealment

  3. Nightnoun

    intellectual and moral darkness; ignorance

  4. Nightnoun

    a state of affliction; adversity; as, a dreary night of sorrow

  5. Nightnoun

    the period after the close of life; death

  6. Nightnoun

    a lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems to sleep

  7. Etymology: [OE. night, niht, AS. neaht, niht; akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht, Icel. ntt, 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.]


  1. Night

    Night or nighttime is the period of time between the sunset and the sunrise when the Sun is below the horizon. This occurs after dusk. The opposite of night is day. The start and end points of time of a night vary based on factors such as season, latitude, longitude and timezone. At any given time, one side of the planet Earth is bathed in light from the Sun and the other side of the Earth is in the shadow caused by the Earth blocking the light of the sun. This shadow is what we call the darkness of night. Natural illumination is still provided by a combination of moonlight, planetary light, starlight, diffuse zodiacal light, gegenschein, and airglow. In some circumstances, bioluminescence, aurorae, and lightning can provide some illumination. The glow provided by artificial illumination is sometimes referred to as light pollution because it can interfere with observational astronomy and ecosystems.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Night

    nīt, n. the end of the day: the time from sunset to sunrise: darkness: ignorance, affliction, or sorrow: death.—ns. Night′-bell, a bell for use at night—of a physician, &c.; Night′-bird, a bird that flies only at night, esp. the owl: the nightingale, as singing at night; Night′-blind′ness, inability to see in a dim light, nyctalopia; Night′-brawl′er, one who raises disturbances in the night; Night′cap, a cap worn at night in bed (so Night′dress, -shirt, &c.): a dram taken before going to bed: a cap drawn over the face before hanging; Night′-cart, a cart used to remove the contents of privies before daylight; Night′-chair, a night-stool; Night′-churr, or -jar, the British species of goat-sucker, so called from the sound of its cry.—n.pl. Night′-clothes, garments worn in bed.—ns. Night′-crow, a bird that cries in the night; Night′-dog (Shak.), a dog that hunts in the night.—adj. Night′ed, benighted: (Shak.) darkened, clouded.—ns. Night′fall, the fall or beginning of the night: the close of the day: evening; Night′faring, travelling by night; Night′fire, a fire burning in the night: a will-o'-the-wisp; Night′-fish′ery, a mode of fishing by night, or a place where this is done; Night′-fly, a moth that flies at night; Night′-foe, one who makes his attack by night; Night′-foss′icker, one who robs a digging by night.—adj. Night′-foun′dered, lost in the night.—ns. Night′-fowl, a night-bird; Night′-glass, a spy-glass with concentrating lenses for use at night; Night′-gown, a long loose robe for sleeping in, for men or women; a loose gown for wearing in the house; Night′-hag, a witch supposed to be abroad at night; Night′-hawk, a species of migratory goat-sucker, common in America; Night′-her′on, a heron of nocturnal habit; Night′-house, a tavern allowed to be open during the night; Night′-hunt′er, a degraded woman who prowls about the streets at night for her prey; Night′-lamp, or -light, a light left burning all night.—adj. Night′less, having no night.—n. Night′-line, a fishing-line set overnight.—adj. and adv. Night′long, lasting all night.—adj. Night′ly, done by night: done every night.—adv. by night: every night.—ns. Night′-man, a night-watchman or scavenger; Night′-owl, an owl of exclusively nocturnal habits: one who sits up very late; Night′-pal′sy, a numbness of the lower limbs, incidental to women; Night′piece, a picture or literary description of a night-scene: a painting to be seen best by artificial light; Night′-por′ter, a porter in attendance during the night at hotels, railway stations, &c.; Night′-rail, a night-gown: a 17th-century form of head-dress; Night′-rav′en (Shak.), a bird that cries at night, supposed to be of ill-omen; Night′-rest, the repose of the night; Night′-rule (Shak.), a frolic at night.—adv. Nights (obs.), by night.—ns. Night′-school, a school held at night, esp. for those at work during the day; Night′-sea′son, the time of night; Night′shade, a name of several plants of the genus Solanum, having narcotic properties, often found in damp shady woods; Night′-shriek, a cry in the night; Night′-side, the dark, mysterious, or gloomy side of anything; Night′-sing′er, any bird like the nightingale, esp. the Irish sedge-warbler; Night′-soil, the contents of privies, cesspools, &c., generally carried away at night; Night′-spell, a charm against accidents by night; Night′-steed, one of the horses in the chariot of Night; Night′-stool, a close-stool for use in a bedroom; Night′-tā′per, a night-light burning slowly.—n.pl. Night′-terr′ors, the sudden starting from sleep of children in a state of fright.—p.adj. Night′-trip′ping (Shak.), tripping about in the night.—ns. Night′-wak′ing, watching in the night; Night′-walk, a walk in the night; Night′-walk′er, one who walks in his sleep at night, a somnambulist: one who walks about at night for bad purposes, esp. a prostitute; Night′-walk′ing, walking in one's sleep, somnambulism: roving about at night with evil designs; Night′-wan′derer, one who wanders by night.—adjs. Night′-war′bling, singing in the night; Night′ward, toward night.—ns. Night′-watch, a watch or guard at night: time of watch in the night; Night′-watch′man, one who acts as a watch during the night; Night′-work, work done at night. [A.S. niht; Ger. nacht, L. nox.]

Editors Contribution

  1. night

    A specific unit of time.

    Night time is a specific time in various countries.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NIGHT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Night is ranked #64891 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Night surname appeared 306 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Night.

    59.8% or 183 total occurrences were White.
    18.9% or 58 total occurrences were Black.
    9.4% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    7.1% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.9% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Night' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #243

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Night' in Written Corpus Frequency: #239

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Night' in Nouns Frequency: #42

Anagrams for Night »

  1. thing

  2. Thing

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Night in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Night in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Night in a Sentence

  1. Marc Anthony:

    This award means I had the honor of finding Marc Anthony with my public day after day, night after night, i dedicate it to my children for the sacrifice of having a father who travels so much, giving Marc Anthony each night to my fans. He added.

  2. Angelica Varela:

    The black-footed ferrets prey on prairie dogs so it was once thought that elimination programs for the dogs, considered a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, were impacting the ferret population. Now, there was a concerted effort by the state to rebuild the black-footed ferret population. On a recent day, volunteers made their way to small-town Seligman and met for training on the first night inside a rented home in a rural neighborhood that Arizona Game and Fish uses for the operation. One of those volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. Robert Coonrod has been volunteering for five years. Though hes not a biologist, he enjoys helping out wildlife and found a new photography hobby while volunteering. HUNTERS TURN TO HIPSTERS TO HELP BOOST SPORTS DECLINING NUMBERS One of the volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. ( Fox News) Were looking for a ferret to be outside his hole. We drive down, he gets curious, looks at the lights, you see the green eyes shine, and then its off to the races, Robert Coonrod said. Once the animalis spotted, volunteers run towardit and set up a trap. But they have to first hopscotch around prairie dog burrows that dot the landscape. Sometimes it can be very entertaining watching people run across a prairie dog colony because youre so focused on the ferret that you forget about all these holes on the ground, Holly Hicks said. Yeah, every one of us has tripped and fallen in a prairie dog hole after chasing after a ferret. ARIZONA MAN PICKED UP NEWBORN FAWN, TOOK IT TO LOCAL BAR, OFFICIALS SAY With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduate Angelica Varela, who will soon be starting an internship with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up( Fox News)( When I started) volunteering( for other wildlife organizations) and really getting boots on the ground and realizing the hard work that actually goes into it, its really important and its really satisfying being able to know that you had a part in helping a species, as conservation work, I mean were doing this so that eventually we dont have to keep doing it. Angelica Varela drove up from Phoenix with Angelica Varela friend, Brandi Kapos, who is an Olive Garden waitress and an Arizona State Univerisity conservation biology graduate. Shes looking to return to school to get a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos got their assignment from Jennifer Cordova for the night, they said they had energy drinks and candy. Angelica Varela said Angelica Varela was pumped. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduates Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos. ( Fox News) Jennifer Cordova said the goal is to get the black-footed ferret off the endangered species list. Fox News important because wildlife dont have a say -- theydont have a voice out there, Holly Hicks said. So, its people like us who manage and try to keep that voice out there and people aware. Our passion comes from a lot of places. We love animals. We want to see wildlife in the future for future generations. Only found in North America, this wild animal differs from the European pet ferrets that are domesticated. The black-footed ferret was once thought extinct until 18 were found in 1981. Since then, recovery and breeding efforts have helped the black-footed ferret population grow. I kind of feel like its our duty.

  3. Cheryl Haggard:

    That night was the worst night of my life, but when I look at the images, I am not reminded of my worst night. I'm reminded of the beauty and blessings he brought.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Good night, good night parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

  5. Casey Stengel:

    The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It's that they stay out all night looking for it.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. extroversive
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