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ˈmɪdˌnaɪtmid·night

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. midnightnoun

    12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night

    "young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"

Wiktionary

  1. midnightnoun

    The middle of the night; 12:00 am; on a 12-hour clock, 12:00 at night; on a 24-hour clock, 00:00.

  2. midnightnoun

    The middle of the night: the moment of time, which is equidistant between sunset and sunrise.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Midnightnoun

    The noon of night; the depth of night; twelve at night.

    Etymology: mid and night.

    To be up after midnight, and to go to bed then, is early; so that to go to bed after midnight, is to go to bed betimes. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    How now, you secret, black and midnight hags?
    What is’t you do? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I hope my midnight studies, to make our countries flourish in mysterious and beneficent arts, have not ungratefully affected your intellects. Francis Bacon.

    By night he fled, and at midnight returned
    From compassing the earth; cautious of day. John Milton.

    After this time came on the midnight of the church, wherein the very names of the councils were forgotten, and men did only dream of what had past. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Some solitary cloister will I chuse,
    Coarse my attire, and short shall be my sleep,
    Broke by the melancholy midnight bell. John Dryden, Sp. Fryar.

    In all that dark midnight of popery there were still some gleams of light, some witnesses that arose to give testimony to the truth. Francis Atterbury.

    They can tell precisely what altitude the dog-star had at midnight or midnoon in Rome when Julius Cæsar was slain. Isaac Watts, Logick.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Midnightnoun

    the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night

  2. Midnightadjective

    being in, or characteristic of, the middle of the night; as, midnight studies; midnight gloom

  3. Etymology: [AS. midniht.]

Freebase

  1. Midnight

    Midnight is the transition time period from one day to the next: the moment when the date changes. In ancient Roman timekeeping, midnight was halfway between sunset and sunrise, varying according to the seasons. Solar midnight is that time opposite of solar noon, when the sun is closest to nadir and the night is equidistant from dusk and dawn. Due to the advent of time zones, which make time identical across a range of meridians, and daylight saving time, it rarely coincides with midnight on a clock. Solar midnight is dependent on latitude and time of the year rather than on a time zone. In the northern hemisphere, "midnight" had an ancient geographic association with "north". Modern Polish and Ukrainian preserve this association with their words for "midnight", which also means "north".

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. midnight

    1. The Pole of the hours; a pincushion on which sparkle all the seconds of a day; the keel of the good ship Tomorrow. 2. A chimney whence the dreams of today issue in smoke.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'midnight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4808

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'midnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4275

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'midnight' in Nouns Frequency: #1942

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of midnight in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of midnight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of midnight in a Sentence

  1. Nick Parsons:

    The midnight deadline for Europe seems a long way away, overnight we have a traditional risk-on mood, but there is a general wariness that is crimping investor participation in the market. The order flow really is very thin.

  2. Gary Wilson:

    We had way too many animals in the house and around the house so we really couldn't go... we decided we were going to stay and fight, at three o'clock it was a beautiful summer's day, by four o'clock it was midnight.

  3. Rabindranath Tagore:

    In the world's audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight.

  4. Gary Wilson:

    At three o'clock it was a beautiful summer's day, by four o'clock it was midnight.

  5. Barnegat Mayor Jon Novak:

    Arthur Buckel is going to be found. Arthur Buckel is going to be apprehended, my suggestion to you( Arthur Buckel) is to surrender to law enforcement immediately. Make it easy for everyone, including yourself. You are going to be apprehended either way. Surrender Arthur Buckel. NJ.com reported that authorities have chased down at least 50 dead ends in the search. Sgt. Jeffrey Ryan said in a press conference that officials are investigating every call from residents. Ryan said that Arthur Buckel could be holed up anywhere from a boat to a vacant home. Ryan said at a midnight press conference that there was a possibility that Arthur Buckel is.

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