Definitions for midnight
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12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night
"young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"
The middle of the night; 12:00 am; on a 12-hour clock, 12:00 at night; on a 24-hour clock, 00:00.
The middle of the night: the moment of time, which is equidistant between sunset and sunrise.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
Midnight is the transition time from one day to the next – the moment when the date changes, on the local official clock time for any particular jurisdiction. By clock time, midnight is the opposite of noon, differing from it by 12 hours. Solar midnight is the time opposite to solar noon, when the Sun is closest to the nadir, and the night is equidistant from dusk and dawn. Due to the advent of time zones, which regularize time across a range of meridians, and daylight saving time, solar midnight rarely coincides with 12 midnight on the clock. Solar midnight depends on longitude and time of the year rather than on time zone. In ancient Roman timekeeping, midnight was halfway between sunset and sunrise (i.e., solar midnight), varying according to the seasons. In some Slavic languages, "midnight" has an additional geographic association with "north" (as "noon" does with "south"). Modern Polish, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Serbian languages preserve this association with their words for "midnight" or "half-night" (północ, поўнач, північ, пoнoħ) also meaning "north."
Midnight refers to the time exactly halfway between sunset and sunrise, typically occurring at 12 o'clock at night. It marks the start of a new day on the 24-hour clock system and is often symbolized as the darkest hour during a 24-hour period.
the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night
being in, or characteristic of, the middle of the night; as, midnight studies; midnight gloom
Etymology: [AS. midniht.]
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. 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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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'midnight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4808
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Rank popularity for the word 'midnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4275
Rank popularity for the word 'midnight' in Nouns Frequency: #1942
The numerical value of midnight in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of midnight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
I do get a lot of calls, I get calls at midnight or past midnight, they do come.
Everybody should be able to go out tonight and enjoy their Valentine’s Day evening as long as they get home before midnight.
We're not closing by midnight tonight. That I can guarantee.
Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers Love, nightmare-like, lies heavy on my chest, And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers
In the world's audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight.
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- እኩለ ሌሊትAmharic
- منتصف الليلArabic
- chika arumaAymara
- gecə yarısıAzerbaijani
- ярты төнBashkir
- ནམ་གུང་Tibetan Standard
- mitjanitCatalan, Valencian
- буьйсанан юкъChechen
- tatalo' puengiChamorro
- mezanotte, mezzanotte, meza notteCorsican
- canol nos, hanner nosWelsh
- noktomezo, noktmezoEsperanto
- نيمه شب, نیمه شبPersian
- keskiyö, puoliyöFinnish
- midnachtWestern Frisian
- meán oícheIrish
- meadhan-oidhcheScottish Gaelic
- mean oieManx
- tsakad dareHausa
- חצות, חצות הלילהHebrew
- आधी रात, मध्यरात्रीHindi
- tengah malamIndonesian
- ime abaliIgbo
- miðnótt, miðnættiIcelandic
- 真夜中, 深夜Japanese
- жарым түн, түн ортасыKazakh
- unnuap-qeqqaKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- nîvê şevê, nîvşev, نیوهشهوKurdish
- hanter nosCornish
- media nox, nocteLatin
- Mëtternuecht, HallefnuechtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- middernachLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- wakati muttumbi
- weherua, waenganui pō, weherua pō, tūruawē pōMāori
- шөнө дундMongolian
- tengah malamMalay
- अधरात, मध्यरातNepali
- tłʼéʼííłnííʼNavajo, Navaho
- pakati pa usikuChichewa, Chewa, Nyanja
- mièjanuèch, mièjanuèitOccitan
- æмби́сæхсæвOssetian, Ossetic
- meia-noite, meia noitePortuguese
- chawpi tutaQuechua
- mijloc de noapte, miez de noapte, мезул нопций, miezul nopțiiRomanian
- по́лночь, полночьRussian
- mesanoti, mesanoteSardinian
- gaskaidjaNorthern Sami
- по́ноћ, pónoćSerbo-Croatian
- habeen badhSomali
- нисфи шаб, ними шабTajik
- ፍርቂ ለይቲTigrinya
- ýary gijeTurkmen
- hating gabiTagalog
- gece yarısıTurkish
- төн уртасы, tön urtasıTatar
- yérim kécheUyghur, Uighur
- آدھی راتUrdu
- yarim kecha, yarim tunUzbek
- nửa đêm, ban đêmVietnamese
- האַלבע נאַכט, האַלבנאַכטYiddish
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