- 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
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Examples from the Web for night shift
Johnson made no reply, but shortly after left for his work, as he was in the night-shift that week.Frank Oldfield
Thrice, on the night-shift, underneath in the saw-pit, Old Tarwater fainted.The Red One
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
The mills had been running for ten years; they always had a night-shift in Bouton.Steel
Charles Rumford Walker
- 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