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night night brings counsel proverbial saying, late 16th century, sometimes used as a warning against taking a hasty action or decision. The same idea is found in the writings of the Greek comic dramatist Menander (342–c.292 bc), ‘at night comes counsel to the wise’, and in the Latin tag, ‘in nocte consilium [in night is counsel].’
Night Journey in Muslim tradition, the journey through the air made by Muhammad, guided by the archangel Gabriel. They flew first to Jerusalem, where Muhammad prayed with earlier prophets including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, before entering the presence of Allah in heaven.
night of the long knives a treacherous massacre or betrayal, especially the massacre of the Brownshirts on Hitler's orders in June 1934. Traditionally, the phrase is used to refer to the (legendary) massacre of the Britons by Hengist in 472, described by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae.

The term has also been used to describe Harold Macmillan's dismissal of seven of his Cabinet on 13 July 1962.

See also it was a dark and stormy night, ships that pass in the night at ship, things that go bump in the night, the watches of the night.

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night / nīt/ • n. 1. the period of darkness in each twenty-four hours; the time from sunset to sunrise: a moonless night | the office door is always locked at night. ∎  this as the interval between two days: a two-bedroom cabin costs $90 per night | somebody put him up for the night. ∎  the darkness of night: a line of watchfires stretched away into the night. ∎ poetic/lit. nightfall. 2. the period of time between afternoon and bedtime; an evening: he was not allowed to go out on weekday nights. ∎  an evening appointed for some activity, or spent or regarded in a certain way: wasn't it a great night out? • interj. inf. short for good night. PHRASES: night and day all the time; constantly: she studied night and day.DERIVATIVES: night·less adj.

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Night

464. Night

  1. Apepi leader of demons against sun god; always vanquished by morning. [Egyptian Myth.: Leach, 66]
  2. Apophis opponent of sun god Ra. [Egyptian Myth.: Benét, 43]
  3. Ashtoreth Moon goddess; Queen of night; equivalent of Greek Astarte. [Phoenician Myth.: Walsh Classical, 3435]
  4. Cimmerians half-mythical people dwelling in eternal gloom. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey ]
  5. Erebus personification and god of darkness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 381]
  6. Fafnir his slaying represents the destruction of night demon. [Norse Myth.: LLEI, I: 327]
  7. Nox goddess of night. [Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 261]
  8. owl nocturnal bird; Night embodied. [Art: Hall, 231]

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Night

292. Night

See also
also 110. DARKNESS .
achluphobia
an abnormal fear of darkness. Also called scotophobia .
noctimania
an abnormal love of the night.
noctivagation
the act of walking or wandering at night. noctivagant, noctivagous, adj.
nyctalopia
night-blindness.
sciophobia
an abnormal fear of shadows.
scotophobia
achluphobia.

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night

night OE. ni(e)ht, with vowel generalized from case-forms in which mutation was regular, the normal (Angl.) nom. being næht, neaht = OS., OHG. naht ((M)Du., G. nacht), ON. nátt, nótt, Goth. nahts. The IE. base *noqt- is repr. also by L. nox, noct-, Gr. núx, nukt- OSl. nos̆t, Lith. naktìs, OIr. nocht, W. nos, Skr. nákt-.

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