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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The National Weather Service said the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to rapidly strengthen into a tropical depression Thursday and then into Tropical Storm Barry by nightfall if winds reach 39 mph. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "New Orleans, already hit by floods, prepares for arrival of a potential Hurricane Barry," 11 July 2019 Authorities said there were more than 700 firefighters, eight helicopters and six water-dropping aircraft that aimed to slow the fire's progress until nightfall, when cooler temperatures might give them an advantage. Fox News, "2 die, wildfire rages in Spain amid widespread heatwave," 28 June 2019 By nightfall, the winds had subsided and a new, favorable forecast arrived. National Geographic, "Inside the Everest expedition that built the world’s highest weather station," 27 June 2019 Rescue crews searched until nightfall and picked up the effort again at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Chico Enterprise-record Staff Reports, The Mercury News, "Paradise man swept away at Feather River’s Cable Pools," 21 June 2019 Watercraft, helicopters and swimmers searched the area until nightfall Tuesday. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Marin man’s body recovered at Stinson Beach," 12 June 2019 Troops poured through the opening, and by nightfall the Omaha beachhead was secured. Ron Grossman, Houston Chronicle, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS," 9 June 2019 Shabbat lasts from sundown on Friday and until nightfall on Saturday, and services take place both days. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Jewish Leaders Plan Show of Solidarity at Saturday Services," 2 Nov. 2018 The search continued until nightfall and resumed Friday morning when a final girl was found. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Israeli youth leaders arrested for negligence after floods kill 10 hiking teenagers," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nightfall

1700, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2019

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The first known use of nightfall was in 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of nightfall

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


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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