[ nahyt ]
/ naɪt /
the period of darkness between sunset and sunrise.
the beginning of this period; nightfall.
the darkness of night; the dark.
a condition or time of obscurity, ignorance, sinfulness, misfortune, etc.: the long night of European history known as the Dark Ages.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an evening used or set aside for a particular event, celebration, or other special purpose: a night on the town; poker night; New Year's Night.
of or relating to night: the night hours.
occurring, appearing, or seen at night: a night raid; a night bloomer.
used or designed to be used at night: to take a night coach; the night entrance.
working at night: night nurse; the night shift.
active at night: the night feeders of the jungle.
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Idioms for night
- unceasingly; continually: She worked night and day until the job was done.
- a complete difference; completely different: The improvement in her grades after tutoring was like night and day.
night and day,
Origin of night
before 900; Middle English; Old English niht, neaht, cognate with German Nacht, Gothic nahts, Latin nox (stem noct-), Greek nýx (stem nykt-)
OTHER WORDS FROM nightnight·less, adjectivenight·less·ly, adverbnight·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH nightknight night
Words nearby night
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British Dictionary definitions for day and night
/ (naɪt) /
the period of darkness each 24 hours between sunset and sunrise, as distinct from day
(modifier) of, occurring, working, etc, at nighta night nurse
the occurrence of this period considered as a unitfour nights later they left
the period between sunset and retiring to bed; evening
the time between bedtime and morningshe spent the night alone
the weather conditions of the nighta clear night
the activity or experience of a person during a night
(sometimes capital) any evening designated for a special observance or function
nightfall or dusk
a state or period of gloom, ignorance, etc
make a night of it to go out and celebrate for most of the night
night and day continuallythat baby cries night and day
Other words from nightRelated adjective: nocturnal
Derived forms of nightnightless, adjectivenightlike, adjective
Word Origin for night
Old English niht; compare Dutch nacht, Latin nox, Greek nux
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Idioms and Phrases with day and night (1 of 2)
day and night
see under night and day.
Idioms and Phrases with day and night (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with night
- night and day
- night owl
- black as night
- call it a day (night)
- dead of (night)
- different as night and day
- good night
- make a day (night) of it
- ships that pass in the night
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