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nights

[nahyts] /naɪts/
adverb
1.
at or during the night regularly or frequently:
He worked during the day and wrote nights.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English nightes, Old English nihtes. See night, -s1

night

[nahyt] /naɪt/
noun
1.
the period of darkness between sunset and sunrise.
2.
the beginning of this period; nightfall.
3.
the darkness of night; the dark.
4.
a condition or time of obscurity, ignorance, sinfulness, misfortune, etc.:
the long night of European history known as the Dark Ages.
5.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an evening used or set aside for a particular event, celebration, or other special purpose:
a night on the town; poker night; New Year's Night.
adjective
6.
of or pertaining to night:
the night hours.
7.
occurring, appearing, or seen at night:
a night raid; a night bloomer.
8.
used or designed to be used at night:
to take a night coach; the night entrance.
9.
working at night:
night nurse; the night shift.
10.
active at night:
the night feeders of the jungle.
Idioms
11.
night and day, unceasingly; continually:
She worked night and day until the job was done.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English niht, neaht, cognate with German Nacht, Gothic nahts, Latin nox (stem noct-), Greek nýx (stem nykt-)
Related forms
nightless, adjective
nightlessly, adverb
nightlike, adjective
Can be confused
knight, night.
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Examples from the web for nights
  • They draw you into the garden and give you a reason to celebrate the long nights of winter.
  • Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights.
  • That's the only thing that kept me going some nights.
  • The whole business about having to work at nights and weekends--give me a break.
  • We had a freeze a few nights ago, and are definitely in fall mode here.
  • By the end the nights were bitter, the star had lost her glitter, but he was hanging in there.
  • The old days in which a manager was willing to put on a play for a few nights were going fast, and with them went our early drama.
  • By years of practice he had trained himself to sit for hours through the long nights neither asleep nor awake.
  • Lie ten nights awake, carving the fashion of a new doublet.
  • Factories moved shifts to nights and weekends, when demand for power is slacker.
British Dictionary definitions for nights

nights

/naɪts/
adverb
1.
(informal) at night, esp regularly: he works nights

night

/naɪt/
noun
1.
the period of darkness each 24 hours between sunset and sunrise, as distinct from day
2.
(modifier) of, occurring, working, etc, at night: a night nurse
3.
the occurrence of this period considered as a unit: four nights later they left
4.
the period between sunset and retiring to bed; evening
5.
the time between bedtime and morning: she spent the night alone
6.
the weather conditions of the night: a clear night
7.
the activity or experience of a person during a night
8.
(sometimes capital) any evening designated for a special observance or function
9.
nightfall or dusk
10.
a state or period of gloom, ignorance, etc
11.
make a night of it, to go out and celebrate for most of the night
12.
night and day, continually: that baby cries night and day
related
adjective nocturnal
Derived Forms
nightless, adjective
nightlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English niht; compare Dutch nacht, Latin nox, Greek nux
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Word Origin and History for nights

night

n.

Old English niht (West Saxon neaht, Anglian næht, neht) "night, darkness;" the vowel indicating that the modern word derives from oblique cases (genitive nihte, dative niht), from Proto-Germanic *nakht- (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German naht, Old Frisian and Dutch nacht, German Nacht, Old Norse natt, Gothic nahts).

The Germanic words are from PIE *nekwt- "night" (cf. Greek nuks "a night," Latin nox, Old Irish nochd, Sanskrit naktam "at night," Lithuanian naktis "night," Old Church Slavonic nosti, Russian noch', Welsh henoid "tonight"), according to Watkins, probably from a verbal root *neg- "to be dark, be night." For spelling with -gh- see fight.

The fact that the Aryans have a common name for night, but not for day (q.v.), is due to the fact that they reckoned by nights. [Weekley]
Cf. German Weihnachten "Christmas." In early times, the day was held to begin at sunset, so Old English monanniht "Monday night" was the night before Monday, or what we would call Sunday night.

To work nights preserves the Old English genitive of time. Night shift is attested from 1710 in the sense of "garment worn by a woman at night" (see shift (n.1)); meaning "gang of workers employed after dark" is from 1839. Night soil "excrement" (1770) is so called because it was removed (from cesspools, etc.) after dark. Night train attested from 1838. Night life "habitual nocturnal carousing" attested from 1852.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nights
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with nights
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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