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
Recent Examples on the Web As nightfall approached, protesters began to gather, though only a handful had appeared by 7:30. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Protesters denounce Abraham Lincoln statue in D.C., urge removal of Emancipation Memorial," 25 June 2020 The video of the incident sparked widespread calls for an end to racial injustice and police brutality, as well as weeks of violent riots and looting after nightfall. Fox News, "Rayshard Brooks funeral service begins in Atlanta," 23 June 2020 The crowds that stayed past nightfall In Long Beach, California, some crowds defied the nightly curfew and began raiding and vandalizing stores Sunday night. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Grief and anger over George Floyd's death spark protests demanding change in week since video went viral," 1 June 2020 Sure enough, a queue appeared in the car park by nightfall. The Economist, "Leaving lockdowns Latin America opens up before it’s ready," 20 June 2020 The fire had burned 17,492 acres and was 40% contained as of Wednesday morning and grew to nearly 24,000 acres by nightfall. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Bighorn Fire rocks Summerhaven community still recovering from devastating 2003 fire," 17 June 2020 By nightfall, the Wendy's where Brooks was shot was entirely engulfed in flames. Joe Sutton, CNN, "A charred Wendy's, an officer fired and a police chief steps down in the aftermath of Rayshard Brooks' death," 14 June 2020 The demonstrations started off peacefully, but an element of destruction surfaced by nightfall. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New grant program to fund local businesses damaged during protests," 10 June 2020 The protests have largely been peaceful, but tensions earlier this week escalated in Washington after nightfall, leading to clashes between demonstrators and police, and vandalism and destruction of property. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, ""Unacceptable": Democrats sound alarm over unidentified law enforcement patrolling D.C. protests," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of nightfall

1700, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Nightfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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