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[nahyt-tahym] /ˈnaɪtˌtaɪm/
the time between evening and morning.
occurring, done, presented, etc., during the night, especially the hours before midnight.
Compare daytime.
Origin of nighttime
1350-1400; Middle English; see night, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for nighttime
  • Robins don't need the magnetic resonance imaging during the nighttime darkness.
  • Citrus, succulents, and other tender plants require protection when nighttime frost is predicted.
  • The nighttime chirping of geckos under the eaves gives way to a mynah bird's first bossy calls.
  • The stars, freed from the shine of the big nighttime flashlight, stood as precise bright dots.
  • Reading about a chapter a night has become our nighttime ritual for about two years, now.
  • With so many agile predatory dinosaurs around, mammals would have much to fear during the nighttime hours.
  • Sleeping in trees is how many primates avoid nighttime enemies.
  • The showy lantern tower of the tallest spire glowed with a nighttime torch when the king was in.
  • The keyboard is also backlit for nighttime operation.
  • Ominous sounds percolate amid a foreboding swirl of nighttime snow.
Word Origin and History for nighttime

also night-time, c.1400, from night + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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