Webster 1913 Edition
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
Gen. i. 5.
Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in
Intellectual and moral darkness; ignorance.
A state of affliction; adversity; as, a dreary night of sorrow.
The period after the close of life; death.
She closed her eyes in everlasting
A lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems to sleep.“Sad winter's night”.
☞ 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,–
night by night, in studying good for England.
The moor hen (
The Manx shearwater (–
a cart used to remove the contents of privies by night.–
a bird that cries in the night.–
a dog that hunts in the night, – used by poachers.–
Fire burning in the night.
Ignis fatuus; Will-o'-the-wisp; Jask-with-a-lantern.–
any creature that flies in the night, as some birds and insects.–
a spyglass constructed to concentrate a large amount of light, so as see objects distinctly at night.
a witch supposed to wander in the night.–
an American bird (Also sometimes applied to the European goatsuckers. It is called also
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.
bull bat. –
any one of several species of herons of the genusCalled also
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 (
Nycticorax violaceus) inhabits the Southern States.
a public house, or inn, which is open at night.–
a key for unfastening a night latch.–
a kind of latch for a door, which is operated from the outside by a key.–
an owl monkey.–
any one of the noctuids.–
a painting representing some night scene, as a moonlight effect, or the like.–
a loose robe, or garment, worn either as a nightgown, or over the dress at night, or in sickness.
a bird of ill omen that cries in the night; esp., the bittern.–
A tumult, or frolic, in the night; – as if a corruption, of night revel.
Such conduct as generally rules, or prevails, at night.
night rulenow about this haunted grove?
a night thief.
Beau. & Fl.
human excrement; – so called because in cities it is collected by night and carried away for manure.–
a charm against accidents at night.–
a walk in the evening or night.–
One who walks in his sleep; a somnambulist; a noctambulist.
One who roves about in the night for evil purposes; specifically, a prostitute who walks the streets.–
Walking in one's sleep; sleep walking; somnambulism; noctambulism.
Walking the streets at night with evil designs.–
the sedge warbler (
Acrocephalus phragmitis); – called also
A period in the night, as distinguished by the change of watch.
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 hag, above.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That part of the natural day when the sun is beneath the horizon, or the time from sunset to sunrise.
2.The time after the close of life; death. John 9.
She closed her eyes in everlasting night.
3.A state of ignorance; intellectual and moral darkness; heathenish ignorance. Romans 13.
4.Adversity; a state of affliction and distress. Isaiah 21.
5.Obscurity; a state of concealment from the eye or the mind; unintelligibleness.
Nature and natures works lay hid in night.
In the night, suddenly; unexpectedly. Luke 12.
To-night, in this night. To-night the moon will be eclipsed.