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nighttime

[nahyt-tahym] /ˈnaɪtˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
the time between evening and morning.
adjective
2.
occurring, done, presented, etc., during the night, especially the hours before midnight.
Compare daytime.
Origin of nighttime
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at night, time
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  • nighttime in the tropics descends with a surprising rapidity.

  • He accused him of being a nuisance to men by crowing in the nighttime and not permitting them to sleep.

  • Neither by daytime nor by nighttime was he thereafter to know darkness.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • The direct proof of it was, by this nighttime thing, revealed and made yet plainer.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Now he'd go up to the mine entrance, and if it was nighttime he'd leave.

    Shaman Robert Shea
Word Origin and History for nighttime
n.

also night-time, c.1400, from night + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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