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night    音標拼音: [n'ɑɪt]
n. 夜,夜晚,晚上,黑暗,死亡



n 1: the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark
outside [synonym: {night}, {nighttime}, {dark}] [ant: {day},
{daylight}, {daytime}]
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
7: the time between sunset and midnight; "he watched television
every night"
8: Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of
Greek Nyx [synonym: {Nox}, {Night}]

Night \Night\ (n[imac]t), n. [OE. night, niht, AS. neaht, niht;
akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht, Icel. n[=o]tt,
Sw. natt, Dan. nat, Goth. nahts, Lith. naktis, Russ. noche,
W. nos, Ir. nochd, L. nox, noctis, Gr. ny`x, nykto`s, 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.
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And God called the light Day, and the darkness he
called Night. --Gen. i. 5.
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2. Hence:
(a) Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
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Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night.
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(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.
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She closed her eyes in everlasting night.
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Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
(e) A lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems
to sleep. "Sad winter's night". --Spenser.
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Note: Night is sometimes used, esp. with participles, in the
formation of self-explaining compounds; as,
night-blooming, night-born, night-warbling, etc.
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{Night by night}, {Night after night}, nightly; many nights.
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So help me God, as I have watched the night,
Ay, night by night, in studying good for England.
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{Night bird}. (Zool.)
(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}, (Zool.), the nightjar.

{Night crow}, a bird that cries in the night.

{Night dog}, a dog that hunts in the night, -- used by

{Night fire}.
(a) Fire burning in the night.
(b) Ignis fatuus; Will-o'-the-wisp; Jask-with-a-lantern.

{Night flyer} (Zool.), 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.

{Night green}, iodine green.

{Night hag}, a witch supposed to wander in the night.

{Night hawk} (Zool.), 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} (Zool.), 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
{Nycticorax nycticorax}, of Europe, and the American
variety (var. naevius). The yellow-crowned night heron
({Nyctanassa violacea} syn. {Nycticorax violaceus})
inhabits the Southern States. Called also {qua-bird}, and

{Night house}, a public house, or inn, which is open at

{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} (Zool.), an owl monkey.

{night moth} (Zool.), any one of the noctuids.

{Night parrot} (Zool.), 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.

{Night raven} (Zool.), 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

What night rule now about this haunted grove?

{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} (Zool.), the nightjar.

{Night walk}, a walk in the evening or night.

{Night walker}.
(a) One who walks in his sleep; a somnambulist; a
(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; sleep walking; somnambulism;
(b) Walking the streets at night with evil designs.

{Night warbler} (Zool.), 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.
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67 Moby Thesaurus words for "night":
Egyptian darkness, Erebus, all the time, all-night, blackness,
ceaselessly, charcoal, coal, continually, continuously, crow, dark,
dark of night, darkness, darkness visible, dead of night, dusk,
ebon, ebony, endlessly, evening, evensong, eventide, gloaming,
incessantly, ink, intense darkness, jet, lightlessness, midnight,
moonlessness, night and day, night-fallen, nightfall, nightlong,
nightly, nighttide, nighttime, nocturnal, obscure,
obscure darkness, obscurity, pitch, pitch-darkness,
pitchy darkness, raven, round-the-clock, sable night, sloe, smoke,
smut, soot, starlessness, sundown, sunlessness, sunset,
swarthiness, tar, tenebrosity, tenebrousness, the palpable obscure,
total darkness, twilight, unceasingly, unendingly, velvet darkness,



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