The period of darkness between sunset and sunrise.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
the interval of time from sunset to sunrise. The duration depends on the geographical latitude of the point of observation and on the sun’s inclination. Above the latitude of the arctic and antarctic circles, at certain times of the year, night may last more than 24 hours; at the poles, night lasts for almost half a year. Sometimes the concept of night excludes the interval of civil or astronomical twilight.
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What does it mean when you dream about night?
Dreaming about the darkness of the night often indicates that situations are not clear or need to be put to rest before accurate decisions can be made. If nighttime indicates pleasure to the dreamer, then recreation and entertainment may be in order.
The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
The time between the end of evening twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight, as published in Air Almanac
, and converted to local time.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
leader of demons against sun god; always vanquished by morning. [Egyptian Myth.: Leach, 66]
opponent of sun god Ra. [Egyptian Myth.: Benét, 43]
Moon goddess; Queen of night; equivalent of Greek Astarte. [Phoenician Myth.: Walsh Classical, 34–35]
half-mythical people dwelling in eternal gloom. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
personification and god of darkness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 381]
his slaying represents the destruction of night demon. [Norse Myth.: LLEI, I: 327]
goddess of night. [Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 261]
nocturnal bird; Night embodied. [Art: Hall, 231]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A nighttime setting is common to many dreams. However, extreme darkness suggests that you are hiding something or are unwilling to see things clearly. You may be the type who likes to ignore, minimize, or hide problems. The darkness represents a lack of awareness and illumination. If you honestly look at the content of your dream, you may be able to identify some areas of your life or personal experience that need warmth, light, and airing.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.