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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Night  \Night\,  n.  [OE.  night,  niht,  AS  neaht,  niht;  akin  to  D. 
  nacht,  OS  &  OHG.  naht,  G.  nacht,  Icel.  n?tt,  Sw  natt,  Dan. 
  nat,  Goth.  nachts,  Lith.  naktis  Russ.  noche,  W.  nos,  Ir 
  nochd  L.  nox,  noctis,  gr  ?,  ?,  Skr.  nakta,  nakti.  [root] 
  265.  Cf  {Equinox},  {Nocturnal}.] 
  1.  That  part  of  the  natural  day  when  the  sun  is  beneath  the 
  horizon,  or  the  time  from  sunset  to  sunrise;  esp.,  the 
  time  between  dusk  and  dawn,  when  there  is  no  light  of  the 
  sun,  but  only  moonlight,  starlight,  or  artificial  light. 
 
  And  God  called  the  light  Day  and  the  darkness  he 
  called  Night.  --Gen.  i.  5. 
 
  2.  Hence: 
  a  Darkness;  obscurity;  concealment. 
 
  Nature  and  nature's  laws  lay  hid  in  night. 
  --Pope. 
  b  Intellectual  and  moral  darkness;  ignorance. 
  c  A  state  of  affliction;  adversity;  as  a  dreary  night 
  of  sorrow. 
  d  The  period  after  the  close  of  life;  death. 
 
  She  closed  her  eyes  in  everlasting  night. 
  --Dryden. 
  e  A  lifeless  or  unenlivened  period,  as  when  nature  seems 
  to  sleep.  ``Sad  winter's  night''.  --Spenser. 
 
  Note:  Night  is  sometimes  used  esp.  with  participles,  in  the 
  formation  of  self-explaining  compounds;  as 
  night-blooming,  night-born,  night-warbling,  etc 
 
  {Night  by  night},  {Night  after  night},  nightly;  many  nights. 
 
  So  help  me  God,  as  I  have  watched  the  night,  Ay 
  night  by  night,  in  studying  good  for  England. 
  --Shak. 
 
  {Night  bird}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  moor  hen  ({Gallinula  chloropus}). 
  b  The  Manx  shearwater  ({Puffinus  Anglorum}). 
 
  {Night  blindness}.  (Med.)  See  {Hemeralopia}. 
 
  {Night  cart},  a  cart  used  to  remove  the  contents  of  privies 
  by  night. 
 
  {Night  churr},  (Zo["o]l.),  the  nightjar. 
 
  {Night  crow},  a  bird  that  cries  in  the  night. 
 
  {Night  dog},  a  dog  that  hunts  in  the  night,  --  used  by 
  poachers. 
 
  {Night  fire}. 
  a  Fire  burning  in  the  night. 
  b  Ignis  fatuus;  Will-o'-the-wisp;  Jask-with-a-lantern. 
 
 
  {Night  flyer}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  creature  that  flies  in  the 
  night,  as  some  birds  and  insects. 
 
  {night  glass},  a  spyglass  constructed  to  concentrate  a  large 
  amount  of  light,  so  as  see  objects  distinctly  at  night. 
  --Totten. 
 
  {Night  green},  iodine  green. 
 
  {Night  hag},  a  witch  supposed  to  wander  in  the  night. 
 
  {Night  hawk}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  American  bird  ({Chordeiles 
  Virginianus}),  allied  to  the  goatsucker.  It  hunts  the 
  insects  on  which  it  feeds  toward  evening,  on  the  wing,  and 
  often  diving  down  perpendicularly,  produces  a  loud 
  whirring  sound,  like  that  of  a  spinning  wheel.  Also 
  sometimes  applied  to  the  European  goatsuckers.  It  is 
  called  also  {bull  bat}. 
 
  {Night  heron}  ({Zo["o]l}.),  any  one  of  several  species  of 
  herons  of  the  genus  {Nycticorax},  found  in  various  parts 
  of  the  world.  The  best  known  species  is  {Nycticorax 
  griseus},  or  {N.  nycticorax},  of  Europe,  and  the  American 
  variety  (var.  n[ae]vius).  The  yellow-crowned  night  heron 
  ({Nycticorax  violaceus})  inhabits  the  Southern  States. 
  Called  also  {qua-bird},  and  {squawk}. 
 
  {Night  house},  a  public  house,  or  inn,  which  is  open  at 
  night. 
 
  {Night  key},  a  key  for  unfastening  a  night  latch. 
 
  {Night  latch},  a  kind  of  latch  for  a  door,  which  is  operated 
  from  the  outside  by  a  key. 
 
  {Night  monkey}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  owl  monkey. 
 
  {night  moth}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  the  noctuids. 
 
  {Night  parrot}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  kakapo. 
 
  {Night  piece},  a  painting  representing  some  night  scene,  as  a 
  moonlight  effect,  or  the  like 
 
  {Night  rail},  a  loose  robe,  or  garment,  worn  either  as  a 
  nightgown,  or  over  the  dress  at  night,  or  in  sickness. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  {Night  raven}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  bird  of  ill  omen  that  cries  in 
  the  night;  esp.,  the  bittern. 
 
  {Night  rule}. 
  a  A  tumult,  or  frolic,  in  the  night;  --  as  if  a 
  corruption,  of  night  revel.  [Obs.] 
  b  Such  conduct  as  generally  rules  or  prevails,  at 
  night. 
 
  What  night  rule  now  about  this  haunted  grove? 
  --Shak. 
 
  {Night  sight}.  (Med.)  See  {Nyctolopia}. 
 
  {Night  snap},  a  night  thief.  [Cant]  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  {Night  soil},  human  excrement;  --  so  called  because  in  cities 
  it  is  collected  by  night  and  carried  away  for  manure. 
 
  {Night  spell},  a  charm  against  accidents  at  night. 
 
  {Night  swallow}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  nightjar. 
 
  {Night  walk},  a  walk  in  the  evening  or  night. 
 
  {Night  walker}. 
  a  One  who  walks  in  his  sleep;  a  somnambulist;  a 
  noctambulist. 
  b  One  who  roves  about  in  the  night  for  evil  purposes; 
  specifically,  a  prostitute  who  walks  the  streets. 
 
  {Night  walking}. 
  a  Walking  in  one's  sleep;  somnambulism;  noctambulism. 
  b  Walking  the  streets  at  night  with  evil  designs. 
 
  {Night  warbler}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  sedge  warbler  ({Acrocephalus 
  phragmitis});  --  called  also  {night  singer}.  [prov.  Eng.] 
 
 
  {Night  watch}. 
  a  A  period  in  the  night,  as  distinguished  by  the  change 
  of  watch. 
  b  A  watch,  or  guard,  to  aford  protection  in  the  night. 
 
 
  {Night  watcher},  one  who  watches  in  the  night;  especially, 
  one  who  watches  with  evil  designs. 
 
  {Night  witch}.  Same  as  {Night  hag},  above. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  night 
  n  1:  the  time  after  sunset  and  before  sunrise  while  it  is  dark 
  outside  [syn:  {nighttime},  {dark}]  [ant:  {day}] 
  2:  a  period  of  ignorance  or  backwardness  or  gloom 
  3:  the  period  spent  sleeping;  "I  had  a  restless  night" 
  4:  the  dark  part  of  the  diurnal  cycle  considered  a  time  unit; 
  "three  nights  later  he  collapsed" 
  5:  darkness;  "it  vanished  into  the  night" 
  6:  a  shortening  of  nightfall;  "they  worked  from  morning  to 
  night" 
  7:  the  time  between  sunset  and  midnight;  "he  watched  television 
  every  night" 
  8:  goddess  of  night;  daughter  of  Erebus  [syn:  {Nox},  {Night}] 




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