noun, often attributive
night·​time | \ ˈnīt-ˌtīm How to pronounce nighttime (audio) \

Definition of nighttime

: the time from dusk to dawn

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Examples of nighttime in a Sentence

The animal hunts in the nighttime. before electricity, gas lamps were used for illumination during the nighttime
Recent Examples on the Web Lawyer held on rape charges Defense attorney Gary Zerola was arrested Friday on charges of rape and breaking and entering during the nighttime, police said., "New England news in brief," 15 Jan. 2021 Children were sleeping on mattresses on the floor and the center lacked enough nighttime staff, the monitors found. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas faces $75,000-a-day fines after federal judge again finds state in contempt over foster care," 18 Dec. 2020 While glass-panel costs have fallen considerably, sunlight is an intermittent and variable power supply thanks to nighttime, clouds, regional intensity and seasonality (unless an Elon Musk figure can beam solar power from space). William Levin, National Review, "We Have Time to Prevent Climate Change," 15 Dec. 2020 Now that days are getting shorter and shorter and nighttime starts at 5 pm, give someone the gift of a little extra sunlight. Matt Jancer, Wired, "16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable," 18 Nov. 2020 The company is considering ways to cover these additional costs, such as shifting to nighttime shipping and deliveries or adding a short-term surcharge on freight bills. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Total chaos': Closure of Brent Spence Bridge hurts Kentucky businesses," 13 Nov. 2020 Still, the nighttime has brought regular gunfire, residents and authorities say. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Investigation into suspected gun dealer highlights plague of violence near site of George Floyd's death," 11 Nov. 2020 Then came Trebek in 1984, who, at the recommendation of Lucille Ball, was hired by producer Merv Griffin to host a nighttime, syndicated reboot of the show, which continues to this day. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Alex Trebek helped turn “Jeopardy!” into a gargantuan TV empire," 9 Nov. 2020 Attorney General Ken Paxton requested an injunction to stop an El Paso County stay-home order and nighttime curfew, arguing that County Judge Ricardo Samaniego usurped authority that rests solely with the governor., "N.J. Hospital Use Up; El Paso Lockdown Challenged: Virus Update," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nighttime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2021

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“Nighttime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nighttime

: the time of darkness between one day and the next : the time of day when no light from the sun can be seen


night·​time | \ ˈnīt-ˌtīm How to pronounce nighttime (audio) \

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Legal Definition of nighttime

1 : the time from dusk to dawn
2 : a statutorily set period usually beginning shortly after dusk and ending shortly after dawn

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