night shift


the work force, as of a factory, scheduled to work during the nighttime.
the scheduled period of labor for this work force.

Origin of night shift

First recorded in 1700–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for night shift

Historical Examples of night shift

  • Johnson made no reply, but shortly after left for his work, as he was in the night-shift that week.

    Frank Oldfield

    T.P. Wilson

  • Thrice, on the night-shift, underneath in the saw-pit, Old Tarwater fainted.

    The Red One

    Jack London

  • Ray Morely, one of the night-shift engineers, came in with coffee.

    New Apples in the Garden

    Kris Ottman Neville

  • We were running short of headers for the tie courses, and I put on a night-shift.

    The King of Arcadia

    Francis Lynde

  • The mills had been running for ten years; they always had a night-shift in Bouton.


    Charles Rumford Walker

British Dictionary definitions for night shift

night shift


a group of workers who work a shift during the night in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a back shift is also worked
the period worked
See also back shift
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