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night

  

      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    the weather conditions of the night  
a clear night     
7    the activity or experience of a person during a night  
8    sometimes cap   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        (Related adj)        nocturnal  
     (Old English niht; compare Dutch nacht, Latin nox, Greek nux)  
  nightless      adj  
  nightlike      adj  


first night  
      n  
a    the first public performance of a play or other production  
b    (as modifier)  
first-night nerves     
fly-by-night   Informal  
      adj  
1    unreliable or untrustworthy, esp. in finance  
2    brief; impermanent  
      n     (Also called)    fly-by-nighter  
3    an untrustworthy person, esp. one who departs secretly or by night to avoid paying debts  
4    a person who goes out at night to places of entertainment  
good night  
      sentence substitute   a conventional expression of farewell, or, rarely, of greeting, used in the late afternoon, the evening, or at night, esp. when departing to bed  
hen night  
      n  
Informal   a party for women only, esp. held for a woman shortly before she is married  
   Compare       hen party       stag night  
night blindness  
      n     (Pathol)      a nontechnical term for       nyctalopia  
  nightblind      adj  
night-blooming cereus  
      n   any of several cacti of the genera Hylocereus, Selenicereus, etc., having large fragrant flowers that open at night  
night dancer  
      n   (in Uganda) a person believed to employ the help of the dead in destroying other people  
night fighter  
      n   an interceptor aircraft used for operations at night  
night heron  
      n   any nocturnal heron of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, having short legs and neck, a heavy body, and a short heavy bill  
night latch  
      n   a door lock that is operated by means of a knob on the inside and a key on the outside  
night letter  
      n   (formerly, in the U.S. and Canada) a telegram sent for delivery the next day at a cheaper rate than a regular telegram  
night-light  
      n   a dim light burning at night, esp. for children  
night-night  
      sentence substitute      an informal word for       good night  
night nurse  
      n   a nurse whose duty is to look after a patient or patients during the night  
night owl   , hawk  
      n  
Informal   a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night  
night raven  
      n  
Poetic   any bird, esp. the night heron, that is most active at night  
night robe  
      n      a U.S. and Canadian name for       nightdress  
night safe  
      n   a safe built into the outside wall of a bank, in which customers can deposit money at times when the bank is closed  
night school  
      n   an educational institution that holds classes in the evening for those who are not free during the day  
night shift  
      n  
1    a group of workers who work a shift during the night in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a back shift are also worked  
2    the period worked,   (See also)        back shift  
night soil  
      n   human excrement collected at night from cesspools, privies, etc., and sometimes used as a fertilizer  
night stick  
      n      a U.S. and Canadian name for       truncheon  
night terrors  
      pl n   a condition in which a person, usually a child, suddenly starts from sleep in a state of extreme fear but cannot later remember the incident  
night-time  
      n  
a    the time from sunset to sunrise; night as distinct from day  
b    (as modifier)  
a night-time prowler     
night watch  
      n  
1    a watch or guard kept at night, esp. for security  
2    the period of time the watch is kept  
3    a person who keeps such a watch; night watchman  
night watchman  
      n  
1      (Also called)    night watch   a person who keeps guard at night on a factory, public building, etc.  
2      (Cricket)   a batsman sent in to bat to play out time when a wicket has fallen near the end of a day's play  
one-night stand  
      n  
1    a performance given only once at any one place  
2    Informal  
a    a sexual encounter lasting only one evening or night  
b    a person regarded as being only suitable for such an encounter  
stag night   , party  
      n   a party for men only, esp. one held for a man before he is married  
   Compare       hen night       hen party  
Twelfth Night  
      n  
a    the evening of Jan. 5, the eve of Twelfth Day, formerly observed with various festal celebrations  
b    the evening of Twelfth Day itself  
c    (as modifier)  
Twelfth-Night customs     
Walpurgis Night  
      n   the eve of May 1, believed in German folklore to be the night of a witches' sabbath on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains  
     (C19: translation of German Walpurgisnacht, the eve of the feast day of St Walpurga, 8th-century abbess in Germany)  
watch night  
      n     (in Protestant churches)  
1   
a    the night of December 24, during which a service is held to mark the arrival of Christmas Day  
b    the night of December 31, during which a service is held to mark the passing of the old year and the beginning of the new  
2    the service held on either of these nights  
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buck's party   , night         
      n      the Austral. name for       stag party  


first night  
      n  
a    the first public performance of a play or other production  
b    (as modifier)  
first-night nerves     
fly-by-night   Informal  
      adj  
1    unreliable or untrustworthy, esp. in finance  
2    brief; impermanent  
      n     (Also called)    fly-by-nighter  
3    an untrustworthy person, esp. one who departs secretly or by night to avoid paying debts  
4    a person who goes out at night to places of entertainment  
good night  
      sentence substitute   a conventional expression of farewell, or, rarely, of greeting, used in the late afternoon, the evening, or at night, esp. when departing to bed  
hen night  
      n  
Informal   a party for women only, esp. held for a woman shortly before she is married  
   Compare       hen party       stag night  
night  
      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    the weather conditions of the night  
a clear night     
7    the activity or experience of a person during a night  
8    sometimes cap   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        (Related adj)        nocturnal  
     (Old English niht; compare Dutch nacht, Latin nox, Greek nux)  
  nightless      adj  
  nightlike      adj  
night blindness  
      n     (Pathol)      a nontechnical term for       nyctalopia  
  nightblind      adj  
night-blooming cereus  
      n   any of several cacti of the genera Hylocereus, Selenicereus, etc., having large fragrant flowers that open at night  
night dancer  
      n   (in Uganda) a person believed to employ the help of the dead in destroying other people  
night fighter  
      n   an interceptor aircraft used for operations at night  
night heron  
      n   any nocturnal heron of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, having short legs and neck, a heavy body, and a short heavy bill  
night latch  
      n   a door lock that is operated by means of a knob on the inside and a key on the outside  
night letter  
      n   (formerly, in the U.S. and Canada) a telegram sent for delivery the next day at a cheaper rate than a regular telegram  
night-light  
      n   a dim light burning at night, esp. for children  
night-night  
      sentence substitute      an informal word for       good night  
night nurse  
      n   a nurse whose duty is to look after a patient or patients during the night  
night owl   , hawk  
      n  
Informal   a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night  
night raven  
      n  
Poetic   any bird, esp. the night heron, that is most active at night  
night robe  
      n      a U.S. and Canadian name for       nightdress  
night safe  
      n   a safe built into the outside wall of a bank, in which customers can deposit money at times when the bank is closed  
night school  
      n   an educational institution that holds classes in the evening for those who are not free during the day  
night shift  
      n  
1    a group of workers who work a shift during the night in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a back shift are also worked  
2    the period worked,   (See also)        back shift  
night soil  
      n   human excrement collected at night from cesspools, privies, etc., and sometimes used as a fertilizer  
night stick  
      n      a U.S. and Canadian name for       truncheon  
night terrors  
      pl n   a condition in which a person, usually a child, suddenly starts from sleep in a state of extreme fear but cannot later remember the incident  
night-time  
      n  
a    the time from sunset to sunrise; night as distinct from day  
b    (as modifier)  
a night-time prowler     
night watch  
      n  
1    a watch or guard kept at night, esp. for security  
2    the period of time the watch is kept  
3    a person who keeps such a watch; night watchman  
night watchman  
      n  
1      (Also called)    night watch   a person who keeps guard at night on a factory, public building, etc.  
2      (Cricket)   a batsman sent in to bat to play out time when a wicket has fallen near the end of a day's play  
one-night stand  
      n  
1    a performance given only once at any one place  
2    Informal  
a    a sexual encounter lasting only one evening or night  
b    a person regarded as being only suitable for such an encounter  
stag night   , party  
      n   a party for men only, esp. one held for a man before he is married  
   Compare       hen night       hen party  
Twelfth Night  
      n  
a    the evening of Jan. 5, the eve of Twelfth Day, formerly observed with various festal celebrations  
b    the evening of Twelfth Day itself  
c    (as modifier)  
Twelfth-Night customs     
Walpurgis Night  
      n   the eve of May 1, believed in German folklore to be the night of a witches' sabbath on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains  
     (C19: translation of German Walpurgisnacht, the eve of the feast day of St Walpurga, 8th-century abbess in Germany)  
watch night  
      n     (in Protestant churches)  
1   
a    the night of December 24, during which a service is held to mark the arrival of Christmas Day  
b    the night of December 31, during which a service is held to mark the passing of the old year and the beginning of the new  
2    the service held on either of these nights  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

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night

  
  
dark, darkness, dead of night, hours of darkness, night-time, night watches  


fly-by-night  
      adj  
1    cowboy     (informal)   dubious, questionable, shady, undependable, unreliable, untrustworthy  
2    brief, here today, gone tomorrow, impermanent, short-lived  
night and day     
all the time, ceaselessly, constantly, continually, continuously, day in, day out, endlessly, incessantly, interminably, unremittingly  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
n.
Taking on the night life after taking care of business during the day.
exp.
celebrate smth. with excitement; party wildly; party all night long
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.

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