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night

 (nīt)
n.
1.
a. The period between sunset and sunrise, especially the hours of darkness.
b. This period considered as a unit of time: for two nights running.
c. This period considered from its conditions: a rainy night.
2. The period between dusk and midnight of a given day: either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
3.
a. The period between evening and bedtime.
b. This period considered from its activities: a night at the opera.
c. This period set aside for a specific purpose: Parents' Night at school.
4.
a. The period between bedtime and morning: spent the night at a motel.
b. One's sleep during this period: had a restless night.
5. Nightfall: worked from morning to night.
6. Darkness: vanished into the night.
7.
a. A time or condition of gloom, obscurity, ignorance, or despair: "In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).
b. A time or condition marked by absence of moral or ethical values: "He never would have let us go untroubled into the night of private greed" (Anthony Lewis).
adj.
1. Of or relating to the night: the night air.
2. Intended for use at night: a night light.
3. Working during the night: the night nurse.
4. Active chiefly at night: night prowlers.
5. Occurring after dark: night baseball.

[Middle English, from Old English niht; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.]

night

(naɪt)
n
1. the period of darkness each 24 hours between sunset and sunrise, as distinct from day
2. (modifier) of, occurring, working, etc, at night: a night nurse.
3. the occurrence of this period considered as a unit: four nights later they left.
4. the period between sunset and retiring to bed; evening
5. the time between bedtime and morning: she spent the night alone.
6. (Physical Geography) the weather conditions of the night: a clear night.
7. the activity or experience of a person during a night
8. (sometimes capital) any evening designated for a special observance or function
9. nightfall or dusk
10. a state or period of gloom, ignorance, etc
11. make a night of it to go out and celebrate for most of the night
12. night and day continually: that baby cries night and day.
[Old English niht; compare Dutch nacht, Latin nox, Greek nux]
ˈnightless adj
ˈnightˌlike adj

night

(naɪt)

n.
1. the period of darkness between sunset and sunrise.
2. the beginning of this period; nightfall.
3. the darkness of night; the dark.
4. a condition or time of obscurity, ignorance, sinfulness, misfortune, etc.
5. (sometimes cap.) an evening used or set aside for a particular event or purpose.
adj.
6. of or pertaining to night: the night hours.
7. occurring or seen at night: a night spectacle.
8. used or designed to be used at night.
9. active or working at night: night people.
Idioms:
night and day, unceasingly; continually.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English niht, neaht, c. Old Frisian nacht, Old Saxon, Old High German naht (German Nacht), Old Norse nātt, Gothic nahts, Latin nox (s. noct-), Greek nýx (s. nykt-)]

Night


an abnormal fear of darkness. Also called scotophobia.
an abnormal love of the night.
the act of walking or wandering at night. — noctivagant, noctivagous, adj.
night-blindness.
an abnormal fear of shadows.
achluphobia.
also darkness.

Night

 

See Also: DARKNESS

  1. The black night spread like glistening caviar —Diane Wakoski
  2. The dark-blue velvet night hung like a curtain —Elizabeth Bowen
  3. The darkness of night, like pain, is dumb; the darkness of dawn, like peace, is silent —Rabindranath Tagore
  4. Dusk was falling like blue flakes —Truman Capote
  5. The evenings and nights were like shutters opening and closing, no more than that —Dan Jacobson
  6. Midnight shakes the memory as a madman shakes a dead geranium —T. S. Eliot
  7. Night, bereft of dreams, is like a deserted railway station after hours —Robert Duncan
  8. Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truth —P. J. Bailey
  9. Night comes like a blackout —John Rechy
  10. The night dives down like one great crow —Richard Wilbur
  11. Night falls like a dropped shutter —Beryl Markham
  12. Night falls like fire —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  13. The night feels like a gigantic Ferris wheel turning in blackness, very slowly —Margaret Laurence
  14. Night had fallen like a black curtain —Colin Forbes
  15. The night is as soft as milk —Albert Camus
  16. The night is like flower petals, the air moist as a damp cloth —W. P. Kinsella
  17. The night is soft and silent, warm as cashmere —W. P. Kinsella
  18. The night roars on … like an express train —Erich Maria Remarque
  19. The night descended on her like a benediction —Joseph Conrad
  20. The nights stick together like pages in an old book —John Ashberry
  21. The night stretches before me like an endless checklist —Natascha Wodin
  22. The night trickles on like liquid time —Natascha Wodin
  23. The still night drifted deep like snow about me —Edna St. Vincent Millay
  24. The summer night is like a perfection of thought —Wallace Stevens
  25. The night, like ice, seemed to harden around her —William Dieter

night

1. 'night' and 'at night'

Night is the period during each twenty-four hours when it is dark. If something happens regularly during this period, you say that it happens at night.

The doors were kept closed at night.
I used to lie awake at night, listening to the rain.

A night is one of these periods of darkness. You usually refer to a particular period as the night.

He went to a hotel and spent the night there.
I got a phone call in the middle of the night.
2. the previous night

If something happened during the night before the present day, you say that it happened in the night, during the night, or last night.

I didn't hear Sheila in the night.
I had the strangest dream last night.

You can also say that a situation existed last night.

I didn't manage to sleep much last night.

Last night is also used for saying that something happened during the previous evening.

I met your husband last night.

If you are talking about a day in the past and you want to say that something happened the night before that day, you say that it happened in the night, during the night, or the previous night.

His father had died in the night.
This was the hotel where they had stayed the previous night.
3. exact times

If you want to make it clear that you are talking about a particular time in the early part of the night rather than the morning, you add at night.

This took place at eleven o'clock at night on our second day.

However, if you are talking about a time after midnight and you want to make it clear that you are talking about the night and not the afternoon, you say in the morning.

It was five o'clock in the morning.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.night - the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outsidenight - the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours - time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there are 30,000 passengers per day"
weeknight - any night of the week except Saturday or Sunday
evening - the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way; "an evening at the opera"
late-night hour - the latter part of night
midnight - 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night; "young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"
small hours - the hours just after midnight
lights-out - a prescribed bedtime
wedding night - the night after the wedding when bride and groom sleep together
daylight, daytime, day - the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"
2.night - a period of ignorance or backwardness or gloom
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
3.night - the period spent sleeping; "I had a restless night"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
4.night - the dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit; "three nights later he collapsed"
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
5.night - darkness; "it vanished into the night"
dark, darkness - absence of light or illumination
6.night - a shortening of nightfall; "they worked from morning to night"
crepuscle, crepuscule, dusk, evenfall, gloam, gloaming, nightfall, twilight, fall - the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"
7.night - the time between sunset and midnight; "he watched television every night"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
8.Night - Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx

night

noun darkness, dark, night-time, dead of night, night watches, hours of darkness We spent the night at his house. Finally night fell.
night and day constantly, all the time, continually, continuously, endlessly, incessantly, ceaselessly, interminably, unremittingly, twenty-four-seven (informal), day in, day out He was at my door night and day, demanding attention.
Related words
adjective nocturnal
like noctimania
fear nyctophobia
Quotations
"Night hath a thousand eyes" [John Lyly Maides Metamorphose]
"The night has a thousand eyes,"
"And the day but one" [F.W. Bourdillon Light]
"Night is the half of life, and the better half" [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre]
"the huge and thoughtful night" [Walt Whitman When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd]
"sable-vested night, eldest of things" [John Milton Paradise Lost]

night

noun
The period of time between sunset and sunrise:
adjective
Of or occurring during the night:
Translations
ظَلام، لَيْلليللَيلٌلَيْل، لَيْلَهليلة
нощ
nocnočnívečer
natskumringaftenmørke
nokto
öö
yöuniiltapimeäpimeys
noć
éjszakaéjszakázásestemegszállássötétség
nóttnótt; kvöld
日暮れ一晩一泊
nox
naktisvakarinė mokyklabaisus sapnaskasnaktkasnaktinis
naktstumsavakars
întunericnoapte
nocvečer
nočtemavečer
noćноћ
natt
usiku
กลางคืน
gecegece vaktiakşam
ніч
đêmtối

night

[naɪt]
A. N
1. (= time of day) → noche f
it is night (liter) → es de noche
Monday nightel lunes por la noche
a Beethoven nightun concierto dedicado a Beethoven
all night (long)toda la noche
at nightpor la noche, de noche
11 o'clock at nightlas 11 de la noche
last thing at nightlo último antes de acostarse
to stay up late at nighttrasnochar
to have a bad nightdormir mal, pasar una mala noche
the night before the ceremonyla víspera de la ceremonia
by nightde noche, por la noche
night and daynoche y día
to have an early nightacostarse temprano
good night!¡buenas noches!
in the nightdurante la noche
last night (= late) → anoche; (= in the evening) → ayer por la tarde
the night before lastanteanoche
to have a late nightacostarse muy tarde
you've had too many late nightsllevas muchos días acostándote muy tarde
we decided to make a night of it and go to a club afterwardsdecidimos prolongar la velada e irnos a una discoteca después
to have a night outsalir por la noche
I can't sleep nights (US) → no puedo dormir la noche
to spend the nightpasar la noche
to spend the night together (euph) (= to have sex) → pasar la noche juntos
tomorrow nightmañana por la noche
to work nightstrabajar de noche
2. (Theat)
first nightestreno m
last nightúltima representación f
B. CPD night bird Nave f nocturna
night blindness Nceguera f nocturna
night fighter Ncaza m nocturno, cazabombardero m nocturno
night nurse Nenfermera f de noche
night owl N (fig) → ave f nocturna
night porter Nguarda m nocturno
night safe Ncaja f de seguridad nocturna
night school Nescuela f nocturna
night shift Nturno m nocturno, turno m de noche
night stand N (US) = night table night storage heater Nacumulador m eléctrico nocturno
night table Nmesita f de noche
night vision Nvisión f nocturna
see also night-vision night watch N (= shift) → turno m de noche (Hist) → ronda f nocturna; (= individual) = night watchman night watchman N (in factory) → vigilante m nocturno; (in street) → sereno m
night work Ntrabajo m nocturno

night

[ˈnaɪt]
n
(= opposite of day) → nuit f
I want a single room for two nights → Je veux une chambre à un lit pour deux nuits.
Night fell → La nuit est tombée.
He didn't sleep a wink all night → Il n'a pas fermé l'œil de la nuit.
The fighting continued all night → Les combats se sont poursuivis toute la nuit.
good night! → bonne nuit!
last night → la nuit dernière
I couldn't sleep last night → Je n'ai pas dormi la nuit dernière.
at night → la nuit
The doors are locked at night → Les portes sont fermées la nuit.
by night → de nuit
in the night → pendant la nuit
during the night → pendant la nuit
night and day → nuit et jour
day and night → jour et nuit
to have an early night → se coucher tôt
to have a late night → se coucher tard
to work nights → travailler de nuit
My mother works nights → Ma mère travaille de nuit.
(= evening) → soir m
I went out on Saturday night → Je suis sorti samedi soir.
I didn't get a dance all night → Je n'ai pas dansé de toute la soirée.
last night → hier soir
So whose party were you at last night? → Chez qui étiez-vous hier soir ?
at night → le soir
He was going to college at night, in order to become an accountant → Il prenait des cours du soir pour devenir comptable.
It's eleven o'clock at night in Moscow → Il est onze heures du soir à Moscou.
the night before advla veille au soir
He had drunk too much the night before → Il avait trop bu la veille au soir.; prepla veille de
the night before the election → la veille des élections
the night before last → avant-hier soir big night, election night, night out
modif [nurse, flight] → de nuitnight-bird [ˈnaɪtbɜːrd] n
(= bird) → oiseau m nocturne
(= person) → couche-tard m inv, noctambule mf

night

n
Nacht f; (= evening)Abend m; night is fallingdie Nacht bricht herein; I saw him last nightich habe ihn gestern Abend gesehen; I’ll see him tomorrow nightich treffe ihn morgen Abend; I stayed with them last nightich habe heute or letzte Nacht bei ihnen übernachtet; to stay four nights with somebodyvier Nächte lang bei jdm bleiben; I’ll stay with them tomorrow nightich übernachte morgen Nacht bei ihnen; to look for somewhere to stay the nighteine Übernachtungsmöglichkeit suchen; on Friday nightFreitagabend/-nacht; on the night of (Saturday) the 11tham (Samstag dem) 11. nachts; 11 o’clock at night11 Uhr nachts; 6 o’clock at night6 Uhr abends; she works at nightsie arbeitet nachts; to travel by nightnachts reisen; to see Paris by nightParis bei Nacht sehen; far into the nightbis spät in die Nacht, bis in die späte Nacht; in/during the nightin/während der Nacht; the night before they were …am Abend/die Nacht zuvor waren sie …; the night before last they were …vorgestern Abend/vorletzte Nacht waren sie …; to spend the night at a hotelin einem Hotel übernachten; to have a good/bad night or night’s sleepgut/schlecht schlafen; (patient also) → eine gute/schlechte Nacht haben; I need a good night’s sleepich muss mal wieder ordentlich schlafen; night-night! (inf)gut Nacht! (inf); night after nightjede Nacht, Nacht um Nacht (geh); all night (long)die ganze Nacht; night and day (lit, fig)Tag und Nacht; to have a night out(abends) ausgehen; a night out with the lads (Brit) or boysein Abend mit den Kumpeln; to make a night of itdurchmachen (inf); to have a late/an early nightspät/früh ins Bett kommen, spät/früh schlafen gehen; too many late nights!zu wenig Schlaf!; after your early nightnachdem du so früh schlafen gegangen bist; to work nightsnachts arbeiten; to be on nightsNachtdienst haben; (shift worker) → Nachtschicht haben; the dark night of the soul (fig)die dunkle Nacht der Seele
(Theat) → Abend m; the last three nights of …die letzten drei Abende von …; a Mozart nightein Mozartabend m ? first night
adv nights (esp US) → nachts

night

in cpdsNacht-;
night bird
nNachtvogel m; (fig)Nachteule f (inf), → Nachtschwärmer(in) m(f)
night blindness
nightcap
n
(= garment)Nachtmütze f; (for woman) → Nachthaube f
(= drink)Schlaftrunk m (inf)
nightclothes
plNachtzeug nt, → Nachtwäsche f (esp Comm)
nightclub
nNachtlokal ntor -klub m
night cream
nNachtcreme f
night depository
nNachttresor m
nightdress
nNachthemd nt
night duty
nNachtdienst m; to be on nightNachtdienst haben
night editor
nNachtredakteur(in) m(f)
nightfall
nEinbruch mder Dunkelheit; at nightbei Einbruch der Dunkelheit
night fighter
nNachtjäger m
night flight
nNachtflug m
nightgown
nNachthemd nt
nighthawk
n (US) (lit)Amerikanischer Ziegenmelker; (fig)Nachtschwärmer(in) m(f)

night

:
nightjar
night leave
n (Mil) → Urlaub mbis zum Wecken
night letter
n (US) → (zu billigem Tarif gesandtes) Nachttelegramm nt
nightlife
nNachtleben nt
night-light
n
(for child etc) → Nachtlicht nt
(for teapot etc) → Teelicht nt
nightlong
adjsich über die ganze Nacht hinziehend; (= lasting several nights)nächtelang; after their night vigilnachdem sie die ganze Nacht gewacht hatten

night

:
night nurse
nNachtschwester f; (= man)Nachtpfleger m
night owl
n (inf)Nachteule f (inf)
night porter
nNachtportier m
night safe
nNachtsafe m
night school
nAbendschule f

night

:
night shelter
nNachtquartier nt
night shift
nNachtschicht f; to be or work on nightNachtschicht haben or arbeiten
nightshirt
n(Herren)nachthemd nt
night sky
nnächtlicher Himmel
nightspot
nNachtlokal nt
night stand
n (US) → Nachttisch m
night stick
n (US) → Schlagstock m
night-storage heater
night table
n (US) → Nachttisch m
night-time
nNacht f; at nightnachts; in the nightwährend der Nacht, nachts
adj attrnächtlich; night temperatureNachttemperatur f
night vision
nNachtsichtigkeit f
night-vision
adjNachtsicht-
night vision aid, night vision scope
nNachtsichtgerät nt
night watch
nNachtwache f
night watchman
nNachtwächter(in) m(f)
nightwear
nNachtzeug nt, → Nachtwäsche f (esp Comm)

night

[naɪt]
1. nnotte f; (evening) → sera
good night! → buona notte!
at night → di notte, la notte
in the night, during the night → durante la notte
by night → di notte
last night → la notte scorsa, ieri notte, stanotte
Tuesday night → martedì notte, la notte di martedì, la notte fra martedì e mercoledì (evening) → martedì sera, la sera di martedì
the night before → la notte prima (evening) → la sera prima
the night before last → l'altro ieri notte (evening) → l'altro ieri sera
11 o'clock at night → le 11 di sera
the last 3 nights of (Theatre) → le 3 ultime serate or rappresentazioni di
to have a night out → uscire la sera
we had a lovely night out → abbiamo passato una bellissima serata fuori
to spend the night → passare la notte
I spent the night studying → ho passato la notte a studiare
to have a good/bad night → dormire bene/male
to have a late night → andare a letto tardi
he's working nights → fa il turno di notte
2. adj (work, nurse, train) → di notte
night flight → volo notturno

night

(nait) noun
1. the period from sunset to sunrise. We sleep at night; They talked all night (long); He travelled by night and rested during the day; The days were warm and the nights were cool; (also adjective) He is doing night work.
2. the time of darkness. In the Arctic in winter, night lasts for twenty-four hours out of twenty-four.
ˈnightly adjective, adverb
every night. a nightly news programme; He goes there nightly.
ˈnight-club noun
a club open at night for drinking, dancing, entertainment etc.
ˈnightdress, ˈnightgown noun
a garment for wearing in bed.
ˈnightfall noun
the beginning of night; dusk.
ˈnightmare noun
a frightening dream. I had a nightmare about being strangled.
ˈnightmarish adjective
ˈnight-school noun
(a place providing) educational classes held in the evenings for people who are at work during the day.
ˈnight shift
1. (a period of) work during the night. He's on (the) night shift this week.
2. the people who work during this period. We met the night shift leaving the factory.
ˈnight-time noun
the time when it is night. Owls are usually seen at night-time.
ˌnight-ˈwatchman noun
a person who looks after a building etc during the night.

night

لَيلٌ noc nat Nacht νύχτα noche nuit noć notte nacht natt noc noite ночь natt กลางคืน gece đêm 夜晚

night

n. noche;
by ___de noche, por la noche;
Good ___Buenas noches;
last ___anoche;
___ before lastanteanoche.

night

adj nocturno; — terrors terrores nocturnos; n noche f at — en or por or durante la noche; last — anoche
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