nightfall

noun
night·​fall | \ ˈnīt-ˌfȯl How to pronounce nightfall (audio) \

Definition of nightfall

: the close of the day : dusk

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Examples of nightfall in a Sentence

When nightfall came, we were still waiting for the electricity to come back on. since you aren't taking a flashlight, make sure you're back at camp by nightfall

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While separated by 2 degrees on the East Coast, Venus and the Moon appeared almost touching to Washington state residents as the Moon moved to within a half degree of Venus at nightfall along the West Coast, the magazine reported. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Venus and the Moon make picturesque couple in stunning picture," 16 July 2018 The National Hurricane Center said Gordon’s tight core was about 75 miles (125 kilometers) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, or about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of Mobile, Alabama, where heavy rains and winds picked up shortly before nightfall. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Gordon slams Gulf Coast with tropical-force winds, rain," 4 Sep. 2018 But after nightfall, both the rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes had stopped. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas," 13 Nov. 2018 The agenda ends, half a dozen stops later, after nightfall with a Christmas parade in the town of Pearsall, population 10,345. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Lessons From a Republican Survivor," 4 Jan. 2019 Image Many dozens of free performances of every kind — surf rock, punk cabaret, mandolin orchestra, Bach — fill the city from dawn to nightfall each summer solstice for Make Music New York. New York Times, "A Musical Solstice Spectacle Sprawls Across New York," 22 June 2018 The two men and two boys didn’t return by nightfall and rescuers began searching for them. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "4 climbers, including 2 Boy Scouts, found alive after going missing while hiking Mount Baker in Washington," 2 Oct. 2018 That superficial calm is gradually chipped away over the course of the day, and by nightfall chaos reigns—case in point, the exhilarating and deranged climax of last week’s episode. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 5: Adora Is Officially the Worst Mother Ever," 6 Aug. 2018 Rescue operations were suspended as of nightfall because conditions were too dangerous to continue, officials said. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "Volcano erupts in Guatemala, killing at least 25, injuring dozens more, officials say," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of nightfall

1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightfall was in 1700

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nightfall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nightfall

: the time of day when the sky gets dark : the time when night begins

nightfall

noun
night·​fall | \ ˈnīt-ˌfȯl How to pronounce nightfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of nightfall

: the coming of night The travelers arrived at nightfall.

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