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all-night

  • adjective satellite lasting, open, or operating through the whole night
    nightlong; overnight.
    • a nightlong vigil
    • an all-night drugstore
    • an overnight trip
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arabian nights

  • noun a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
    Arabian Nights; Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
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arabian nights' entertainment

  • noun a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
    Arabian Nights; Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
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bird of night

  • noun nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
    owl; hooter; bird of Minerva.
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black-crowned night heron

  • noun night heron of both Old and New Worlds
    Nycticorax nycticorax.
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bonfire night

  • noun effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned on this night
    Bonfire Night.
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day-and-night

  • adjective satellite at all times
    around-the-clock; round-the-clock; nonstop.
    • around-the-clock nursing care
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Deep of night

  • the most quiet or profound part of night; dead of night.
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every night

  • adverb at the end of each day
    nightly.
    • she checks on her roses nightly
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fly-by-night

  • noun a debtor who flees to avoid paying
  • adjective satellite (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous
    shady.
    • a shady operation
  • adjective satellite ephemeral
    • the symphony is no fly-by-night venture
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fore-night

Fore"-night` noun
Definitions
  1. The evening between twilight and bedtime. Scot.
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good night

  • noun a conventional expression of farewell
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guest night

  • noun an evening when members of a club or college can bring their friends as guests
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guy fawkes night

  • noun effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned on this night
    Bonfire Night.
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lady-of-the-night

  • noun West Indian shrub with fragrant showy yellowish-white flowers
    Brunfelsia americana.
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late-night hour

  • noun the latter part of night
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midsummer night

  • noun the night before Midsummer Day
    June 23; Midsummer Eve; St John's Eve; Midsummer Night.
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night bell

  • noun a doorbell to be used at night
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Night bird

  • noun any bird associated with night: owl; nightingale; nighthawk; etc
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The moor hen (Gallinula chloropus). (b) The Manx shearwater (Puffinus Anglorum).
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Night blindness

  • noun inability to see clearly in dim light; due to a deficiency of vitamin A or to a retinal disorder
    moon blindness; nyctalopia.
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  • . (Med.) See Hemeralopia.
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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.
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Night cart

  • a cart used to remove the contents of privies by night.
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Night churr

  • (Zoöl.), the nightjar.
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night club

  • noun a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
    club; cabaret; nightspot; nightclub.
    • don't expect a good meal at a cabaret
    • the gossip columnist got his information by visiting nightclubs every night
    • he played the drums at a jazz club
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night court

  • noun a criminal court (in large cities) that sits at night
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Night crow

  • a bird that cries in the night.
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Night dog

  • a dog that hunts in the night, used by poachers.
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Night fire

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

  • (Zoöl.), any creature that flies in the night, as some birds and insects.
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night game

  • noun a game played under artificial illumination at night
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night glass

  • a spyglass constructed to concentrate a large amount of light, so as see objects distinctly at night. Totten.
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Night green

  • iodine green.
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Night hag

  • a witch supposed to wander in the night.
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Night hawk

  • (Zoöl.), 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.
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Night heron

  • noun nocturnal or crepuscular herons
    night heron.
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  • (Zoöl.), 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. nævius). The yellow-crowned night heron (Nycticorax violaceus) inhabits the Southern States. Called also qua-bird, and squawk.
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Night house

  • a public house, or inn, which is open at night.
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night jasmine

  • noun West Indian evergreen shrub having clusters of funnel-shaped yellow-white flowers that are fragrant by night
    Cestrum nocturnum; night jasmine.
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night jessamine

  • noun West Indian evergreen shrub having clusters of funnel-shaped yellow-white flowers that are fragrant by night
    Cestrum nocturnum; night jasmine.
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Night key

  • a key for unfastening a night latch.
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Night latch

  • noun doorlock operated by a knob on the inside and a key on the outside
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  • a kind of latch for a door, which is operated from the outside by a key.
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night letter

  • noun a cheaper form of telegram sent for delivery the next day
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night life

  • noun the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
    nightlife.
  • noun the activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.)
    nightlife.
    • a futile search for intelligent nightlife
    • in the summer the nightlife shifts to the dance clubs
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night lizard

  • noun small secretive nocturnal lizard of southwestern North America and Cuba; bear live young
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Night monkey

  • (Zoöl.), an owl monkey.
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night moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of the noctuids.
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night owl

  • noun a person who likes to be active late at night
    nighthawk; nightbird.
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Night parrot

  • (Zoöl.), the kakapo.
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Night piece

  • a painting representing some night scene, as a moonlight effect, or the like.
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night porter

  • noun a porter on duty during the night
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Night rail

  • a loose robe, or garment, worn either as a nightgown, or over the dress at night, or in sickness. Obs.
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Night raven

  • noun nocturnal or crepuscular herons
    night heron.
  • noun any bird that cries at night
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  • (Zoöl.), a bird of ill omen that cries in the night; esp., the bittern.
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night rider

  • noun member of a secret mounted band in United States South after the American Civil War; committed acts of intimidation and revenge
    nightrider.
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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.
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night school

  • noun a school that holds classes in the evenings for students who cannot attend during the day
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night shift

  • noun the work shift during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)
    graveyard shift.
  • noun workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)
    graveyard shift.
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Night sight

  • . (Med.) See Nyctolopia.
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night snake

  • noun nocturnal prowler of western United States and Mexico
    Hypsiglena torquata.
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Night snap

  • a night thief. Cant Beau. & Fl.
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Night soil

  • noun human excreta used as fertilizer
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  • human excrement; so called because in cities it is collected by night and carried away for manure.
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Night spell

  • a charm against accidents at night.
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Night swallow

  • (Zoöl.), the nightjar.
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night terror

  • noun an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings
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night vision

  • noun the ability to see in reduced illumination (as in moonlight)
    twilight vision; night vision; scotopic vision.
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Night walk

  • a walk in the evening or night.
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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 .
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Night walking

  • . (a) Walking in one's sleep; somnambulism; noctambulism. (b) Walking the streets at night with evil designs .
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Night warbler

  • (Zoöl.), the sedge warbler (Acrocephalus phragmitis); called also night singer. prov. Eng.
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Night watch

  • noun a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.)
    graveyard watch; midwatch; middle watch.
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  • . (a) A period in the night, as distinguished by the change of watch. (b) A watch, or guard, to aford protection in the night .
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Night watcher

  • one who watches in the night; especially, one who watches with evil designs.
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night watchman

  • noun a watchman who works during the night
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Night witch

  • . Same as Night hag, above.
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night-blooming

Night"-bloom`ing adjective
Definitions
  1. Blooming in the night.
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night-blooming cereus

  • noun any of several night-blooming cacti of the genus Selenicereus
  • noun any of several cacti of the genus Hylocereus
  • noun any of several cacti of the genus Cereus
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night-eyed

Night"-eyed` adjective
Definitions
  1. Capable of seeing at night; sharp-eyed. "Your night-eyed Tiberius." B. Jonson.
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night-faring

Night"-far`ing adjective
Definitions
  1. Going or traveling in the night. Gay.
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night-light

  • noun light (as a candle or small bulb) that burns in a bedroom at night (as for children or invalids)
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night-line

  • noun a fishing line with baited hooks left in the water to catch fish over night
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night-robe

  • noun lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women
    gown; nightdress; nightgown; nightie.
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night-sight

  • noun the ability to see in reduced illumination (as in moonlight)
    twilight vision; night vision; scotopic vision.
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night-stop

  • noun a break in a journey for the night
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Noon of night

  • midnight. Poetic Dryden.
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one-night stand

  • noun a brief sexual encounter lasting only for a single night
    • he ran through a series of loveless one-night stands
  • noun a performance in one place on one night only
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opening night

  • noun the first performance (as of a theatrical production)
    curtain raising; opening.
    • the opening received good critical reviews
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queen of the night

  • noun tropical American climbing cactus having triangular branches; often cultivated for its large showy night-blooming flowers followed by yellow red-streaked fruits
    Selenicereus grandiflorus.
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saturday night special

  • noun a cheap handgun that is easily obtained
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st john's night

  • noun the night before Midsummer Day
    June 23; Midsummer Eve; St John's Eve; Midsummer Night.
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this night

  • adverb during the night of the present day
    tonight; this evening.
    • drop by tonight
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thousand and one nights

  • noun a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
    Arabian Nights; Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
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twelfth night

  • noun eve of Twelfth day; evening of January 5
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twelfth-night

Twelfth"-night` noun
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  1. The evening of Epiphany, or the twelfth day after Christmas, observed as a festival by various churches.
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walpurgis night

  • noun eve of May Day
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Watch night

  • noun a devotional service (especially on New Year's Eve)
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  • The last night of the year; so called by the Methodists, Moravians, and others, who observe it by holding religious meetings lasting until after midnight.
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wedding night

  • noun the night after the wedding when bride and groom sleep together
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yellow-crowned night heron

  • noun North American night heron
    Nyctanassa violacea.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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