What does night mean?

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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.

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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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

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  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. Amy Doyle:

    Every artist we're collaborating with wants theirs to be most memorable performance of the night, there's creative competition because of the historical nature of the show and moments that go on to live in pop culture.

  2. Megan Albano:

    We accommodated his request, understanding and appreciating his desire to remain closer to his family and recognizing that a remote co-hosting role on a roundtable in-studio program was not a long-term option, while we will miss his insightful contributions each night and look forward to welcoming him on set whenever he's in New York, we are pleased to have him continue his longtime role as a senior political analyst with Fox News.

  3. Raj Dasgupta:

    Now you don't want to be a weirdo and start measuring your loved one's neck build at night, the rule of thumb is always going to be a collar size of greater than 17 inches( 43 centimeters) for a male, and greater than 16 inches( 40.6 centimeters) for a female will put you at a higher risk for sleep apnea.

  4. Danny Lee:

    I had some good finishes, and I got to play in the final group on Colonial. I haven't been in that situation for a while. I kind of didn't sleep that well Saturday night, but at Travelers I felt a lot better. Then I played great that week all week. I think I'm on the right track to do something great I think.

  5. Jim Kenney:

    We were hoping that we wont have any repeat of weve seen last night and were taking every precaution that we can.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. tacky
    • B. ravening
    • C. extroversive
    • D. occlusive

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