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Midnight

Midnight is the transition time period from one day to the next: the moment when the date changes. In ancient Roman timekeeping, midnight was halfway between sunset and sunrise (i.e., solar midnight), varying according to the seasons.

Solar midnight is the time opposite of solar noon, when the sun is closest to nadir and the night is equidistant from dusk and dawn. Due to the advent of time zones, which make time identical across a range of meridians, and daylight saving time, it rarely coincides with midnight on a clock. Solar midnight is dependent on longitude and time of the year rather than on a time zone.

In the northern hemisphere, "midnight" had an ancient geographic association with "north" (as did "noon" with "south" – see noon). Modern Polish and Belarusian preserve this association with its word for "midnight" (północ, поўнач – literally "half-night"), which also means "north".

Midnight (wrestler)

Ann-Marie Crooks (born September 12, 1965) is a Jamaican-born American former female bodybuilder and professional wrestler. She was previously working for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1999 under the ring nameMidnight.

Midnight (1934 film)

Midnight is a 1934 American drama film directed by Chester Erskine and starring Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull, Margaret Wycherly, and Humphrey Bogart in a small supporting role. The film was produced for Universal and was shot on a modest budget of $50,000 at Thomas Edison Studios, which producer/director Chester Erskine had re-opened specifically for the shoot.

The movie begins at the murder trial of Ethel Saxon, a woman who shot her lover in a crime of passion. During the trial, Edward Weldon, the jury foreman, asks the defendant a question, which essentially leads to a guilty verdict and a death sentence for her.

The rest of film takes place on the evening of the execution, mostly in the Weldon home. Edward is dealing with the consequences of his role as foreman, and his daughter Stella is upset by the departure of her gangster boyfriend, Gar Boni, whom she met during the trial. The evening culminates at midnight as the switch is pulled at the death house and a gun is fired in a parked car. Moments later, Stella returns home, admitting that she has shot Gar Boni.

The film was re-released as Call It Murder after Bogart became a star, in which he was given top billing, although he was credited eighth in the original release.

Midnight (1939 film)

Midnight is a 1939 American screwball comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, and Elaine Barrie. Written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder based on a story by Edwin Justus Mayer and Franz Schulz, the film is about an unemployed showgirl stranded in Paris who is set up by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man. In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Midnight (disambiguation)

Midnight is a time of day.

Midnight may also refer to:

Midnight (role-playing game)

Midnight is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, released under the Open Gaming License. It was published by Fantasy Flight Games from 2003 to 2009.

Midnight (Koontz novel)

Midnight is a novel by the best-selling author Dean Koontz. It was published in 1989. The book is a cross-genre novel. It includes aspects of suspense, science fiction, love story, and horror.

Midnight (DC Comics)

Midnight (real name: Dave Clark) is a fictional character owned by DC Comics. A masked detective, he was created by writer-artist Jack Cole for Quality Comics during the 1930s to 1940s period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books.

Midnight (Hunter novel)

Midnight is a fantasy novel, the first book in Erin Hunter's Warriors: The New Prophecy series. Following The Darkest Hour and Firestar's Quest, and preceding Moonrise, it was released May 10, 2005. The novel centers on a group of feral cats living in four Clans: ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan, and ShadowClan.

Midnight (Elán song)

"Midnight" is the first single taken from the album Street Child by Mexican alternative rock singer Elan. It was released in Mexico on June 13, 2003. Elan fans brought 3 national servers down in Mexico with email requests for this song. This single reached #1 in airplay in most Mexican territories and stayed on top for ten weeks without changing its position. The single also reached #28 in Australia. There are 2 edits of the music video, one with black and white handycam footage interpoled of her, and the other one without those scenes added.

Midnight (comics)

Midnight, in comics, may refer to:

  • Midnight (DC Comics) a DC Comics character
  • Midnight (Jeff Wilde), a Marvel Comics character
  • Midnight Sun (Marvel Comics) or Midnight

It may also refer to:

  • Captain Midnight, a radio play character who was adapted into a comic book series by Fawcett Comics
  • Doctor Mid-Nite, a DC Comics superhero
  • Jessica Midnight, a DC Comics character and member of Checkmate
  • Midnight's Fire, a Marvel Comics supervillain
  • Midnight Kiss, a 2005 series from Markosia
  • Midnight Man (comics), a Marvel Comics character and enemy of Moon Knight
  • Midnight, Mass, a comic book series from Vertigo
  • Midnight Men, a 1993 mini-series from Epic Comics
  • Midnight Mover, a mini-series from Oni Press
  • Midnight Nation, a 2000 Top Cow limited series by J. Michael Straczynski
  • Midnight Panther, a hentai manga
  • Midnight Sons, a Marvel Comics team of supernatural characters
  • Midnight Tales, a comic book series from Charlton Comics
  • Midnighter, the Wildstorm character and member of The Authority
  • Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days, a collection of some of Neil Gaiman's early work at Vertigo
  • Sandman Midnight Theatre, a comic book crossover between the two main DC Comics characters named Sandman
  • Papa Midnite, a DC and Vertigo Comics character from Hellblazer and an eponymous spin-off miniseries.
  • Super Midnight, a character from Shang-Chi

Midnight (Doctor Who)

"Midnight" is the tenth episode of the fourth series of British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on BBC One on 14 June 2008. The episode placed much more emphasis on the role of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor than in the rest of the fourth series, with the Doctor's companion, Donna Noble (played by Catherine Tate) playing only a minimal role. For this reason Stephen James Walker has described this episode in his book Monsters Within as being "companion-lite" (in his analysis of this episode's successor, the "Doctor-lite" episode " Turn Left").

Midnight (album)

Midnight is a 2003 album by Diane Schuur, of songs written by Barry Manilow.

Midnight (Marvel Comics)

Midnight, in Marvel Comics, may refer to:

  • Midnight, another name used by Midnight Sun
  • Midnight (Jeff Wilde), a former sidekick and later enemy of Moon Knight

Midnight (Wilson novel)

Midnight is a children's novel by English author Jacqueline Wilson.

It tells the story of a girl called Violet and her brother Will, who it turns out is adopted.

Midnight (Red Foley song)

"Midnight'" is a 1952 single recorded by Red Foley, written by Boudleaux Bryant and Chet Atkins. "Midnight" would be Red Foley's ninth number one on the Country & Western charts, spending one week at number one and a total of eleven weeks on the chart.

Hank Williams, on his final road trip the day before he died, sang an a cappella "Midnight" in the passenger seat. According to his driver, Charles Carr, it was the last song he remembers Hank singing.

Midnight (1998 film)

Midnight is a 1998 Brazilian-French drama film directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas for the 2000, Seen By... series.

Midnight (1982 film)

Midnight is a 1982 film by John A. Russo. It is based on Russo's 1980 novel of the same name, published by Pocket Books (ISBN 978-0671834326) (the reprint was issued in 1982 by "Independent-International Pictures" to coincide with their film release).

Midnight (musician)

Midnight (born John Patrick Jr. McDonald, April 29, 1962 – July 8, 2009) was an American musician best known for being the vocalist of Crimson Glory.

Midnight (Beast song)

"Midnight (The Night I Count the Stars)" ( Japanese: Hoshi wo Kazoeru Yoru; Korean: Byeol Heneun Bam) is a song released by the South Korean boy band Beast. It was released digitally in South Korea on July 15, 2012 as a pre-release single of the group's fifth mini album Midnight Sun, released a week after. The song was later re-recorded in Japanese and was used as the group's third Japanese single, released on October 17, 2012.

Midnight (game)

Midnight dice (or 1-4-24) is a dice game played with 6 dice.

Midnight (EP)

Midnight is the debut EP from the American Punk Rock band '68. The album was originally self-released by the band online in December 2013 as a 7" vinyl record. Lead singer and guitarist Josh Scogin estimated that the original pressing of 1,500 copies sold out in about 8 or 9 hours. It was reissued by No Sleep Records on April 1, 2014 with new cover art parodying Nirvana's 1989 debut album, Bleach.

Midnight (1922 film)

Midnight is a 1922 American drama silent film directed by Maurice Campbell and written by Harvey F. Thew. The film stars Constance Binney, William Courtleigh, Sidney Bracey, Arthur Stuart Hull, Herbert Fortier, Helen Lynch and Edward Martindel. The film was released on February 19, 1922, by Paramount Pictures.

Midnight (Fringe)

"Midnight" is the eighteenth episode of the first season of the American science fiction drama television series Fringe. It was written by J. H. Wyman and Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by Bobby Roth. In the episode, Fringe Division apprehend a scientist with ties to the terrorist group ZFT, who will hand them everything he knows on ZFT, in exchange for helping his wife, who was infected with a contagion that makes her kill people for their spinal fluid.

The episode first aired on April 28, 2009 in the United States on the Fox Broadcasting Company, and was seen by 9.623 million viewers. Critical reactions towards the episode were mixed; reviewers criticized the episode for having a typical plot, but enjoyed some of the background stories.

Midnight (Coldplay song)

"Midnight" is a song recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014). It was written and produced by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, with production assistance from Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson, and co-production from Jon Hopkins. A music video for the Ghost Stories track was released on 25 February 2014 as a teaser for the then-unannounced sixth studio album. A "Midnight" 7-inch vinyl single was pressed by Parlophone for Record Store Day 2014. The single, featuring the track on a single side of the record, was released on 17 April 2014, becoming the second music release by the band in promotion of Ghost Stories.

A live version of the song, recorded and filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, was included in the Ghost Stories Live 2014.

Midnight (Tor Miller song)

"Midnight" is a song by the indie pop artist, Tor Miller, on his debut extended play, Headlights EP.

Midnight (1931 film)

Midnight is a 1931 British comedy crime film directed by George King and starring Eve Gray, George Bellamy and Ellen Pollock. It was a quota quickie made at Nettlefold Studios for distribution by the British subsidiary of the American Fox Film Company.

Midnight (1989 film)

Midnight is a 1989 American thriller-horror film written and directed by Norman Thaddeus Vane and starring Lynn Redgrave and Tony Curtis.

Midnight (1949 film)

Midnight'' (Spanish:Medianoche'') is a 1949 Mexican crime film directed by Tito Davison and starring Arturo de Córdova, Elsa Aguirre and Marga López.

The film's sets were designed by the art director José Rodríguez Granada.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

midnight

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
midnight blue
midnight sun
morning/evening/midnight etc Mass
▪ Will I see you at morning Mass?
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
past
▪ It is past midnight in down town Tegucigalpa, and it's time to go home.
▪ It was past midnight when Lisa came in.
▪ It fills us with a deep warmth that will last past midnight.
▪ After a long time she looked at her bedside clock and saw that it was past midnight.
▪ When they got to St-Jean it was only a little past midnight and the cafes were still open.
▪ I couldn't reach the road by half past midnight.
▪ The last train was half past midnight.
▪ It was late, past midnight.
■ NOUN
feast
▪ Let's have a midnight feast tonight, she said: a secret party.
▪ Big Ronnie was up and about and having a midnight feast.
▪ When it is time to eat, pretend it is a midnight feast and have the food in one of the bedrooms.
mass
▪ It's useful if people feel ill during services or if I want to rest before midnight Mass.
▪ Apparently, Clare was able to watch midnight mass from her death-bed, though many walls should have made this impossible.
▪ The main celebrations were the midnight mass, the Christmas eve supper and the crib building competition.
▪ Then there are charades, cards and midnight mass at Sandringham church.
▪ Tonight she will attend the midnight mass in the tiny church in Great Brington.
monday
▪ Wilson had until midnight Monday to sign or veto everything sent to him by the Legislature last session.
oil
▪ Ingrid and other loyal friends spent long hours burning the midnight oil with her when it came to the final typing.
▪ Grading students for their individual exams and individual term papers may reward a certain kind of midnight oil burning.
▪ Five worlds split into several sections is certainly enough to keep you burning the midnight oil.
sun
▪ Camping high, between the huts, we enjoyed insect-freeing breezes and spectacular night views of the midnight sun.
▪ The best time to visit is in June, the time of the midnight sun.
▪ It was the first time that I had experienced the midnight sun.
train
▪ Chapman caught the midnight train to Plymouth and the deal was settled.
▪ And by the time we got the all clear, the midnight train had gone, too.
▪ The midnight train to Cornwall, silently waiting.
▪ There was the 9.15 and the 10.07, and the midnight train that sometimes woke them from their dreams.
■ VERB
arrive
▪ Although he arrived around midnight, the streets were lined with thousands who cheered and waved as his limousine sped by.
▪ The passenger and freight vessel will leave Shetland at 11am on Saturday, arriving at Bergen at midnight.
▪ Never again would the Galway mail arrive there in its midnight glory.
begin
▪ The alert began shortly after midnight.
▪ The executions began at midnight on Saturday and were completed six and a half hours later.
burn
▪ Ingrid and other loyal friends spent long hours burning the midnight oil with her when it came to the final typing.
▪ Five worlds split into several sections is certainly enough to keep you burning the midnight oil.
expire
▪ The offer expired at midnight yesterday as scheduled.
▪ The bills would replace a temporary spending bill that expires at midnight Friday.
go
▪ I had gone to bed about midnight.
▪ He seldom went to bed before midnight, and then often read the plays of Corneille till 2 a.m.
▪ Campaign meetings went until midnight every night for a month.
▪ You actually go on after midnight.
▪ Williams told police she went home alone at midnight, an hour and a half before the shooting.
▪ The ban went into effect at midnight, Aug. 25, 1988, Higgins said.
leave
▪ Deputies came in at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday and left at about midnight.
▪ On one such passage we left Stornoway at midnight heading for Lochinver in Sutherland.
▪ Often, delayed by the cleaning up, she did not leave the premises until midnight.
wait
▪ At half-past eleven the house was so quiet they decided not to wait until midnight.
▪ When the power arrived at last on November 16, the mayor waited until shortly after midnight before pulling the switch.
▪ Back at the Barracks Maxim had to wait until after midnight before he had the officers' mess video machine to himself.
▪ Or had the guests waited until midnight, the witching hour, before turning into swine?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
burn the midnight oil
▪ Lawmakers were burning the midnight oil last night, as the debate continued.
▪ Five worlds split into several sections is certainly enough to keep you burning the midnight oil.
▪ Ingrid and other loyal friends spent long hours burning the midnight oil with her when it came to the final typing.
the midnight sun
this side of Christmas/midnight etc
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to midnight every day.
▪ We always go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ About midnight, the first Federal units began withdrawing from the field.
▪ In other years, he had often felt a great fatigue after the midnight service.
▪ She forgot it was midnight and this was a respectable couple.
▪ Sometimes these domino sessions in the canteen would last from 6.30 p.m. until midnight.
▪ Troops were deployed in Kwangju at midnight on May 17, just as Chun was declaring nationwide martial law.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Midnight

Midnight \Mid"night`\, n. [AS. midniht.] The middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.
--Shak.

Midnight

Midnight \Mid"night`\, a. Being in, or characteristic of, the middle of the night; as, midnight studies; midnight gloom. ``Midnight shout and revelry.''
--Milton.

Wiktionary

midnight

n. 1 The middle of the night; 12:00 am; on a 12-hour clock, 12:00 at night; on a 24-hour clock, 00:00. 2 The middle of the night: the moment of time, which is equidistant between sunset and sunrise.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

midnight

Old English mid-niht, or middre niht (with dative). See mid + night. Midnight oil symbolizing "late night work" is attested from 1630s.

WordNet

midnight

n. 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night; "young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"

Usage examples of "midnight".

Shortly after midnight Ambrose let himself inside with the aid of a lock pick.

If the demolition of Mordon has not commenced by midnight to-night I shall be compelled to break another ampoule tomorrow.

One can read a letter at midnight, and the moonlight makes no appreciable difference.

Not for naught had he gained access into darksome cults, had barkened to the grisly whispers of the votaries of Skelos under midnight trees, and read the forbidden iron-bound books of Vathelos the Blind.

The fire-alarm and midnight drum may beat, And all bestrewed ysmoking at your feet!

The pinnace is to remain at the cave at Cala Blau from the coming midnight until the following sunset, when, unless it receives orders, it is to rejoin the ship at the rendezvous I have marked here.

Yet thou canst more than mock: sometimes my tears At midnight break through bounden lids -- a sign Thou hast a heart: and oft thy little leaven Of dream-taught wisdom works me bettered years.

The day our branding was finished, the two returned near midnight, reported the San Miguel cattle accepted and due the next evening at Las Palomas.

The pork shoulder and beef brisket had been on the fire since midnight and at mid-morning they were ready to go in the warming box after several dips in sauce.

And brontosaur begot pteranodon and pteranodon begot tyrannosaur and tyrannosaur begot the great midnight kites-pterodactyls!

It was midnight, and we went on wasting our time in this desultory conversation, when the prudent and careful servant brought us an excellent supper.

Supper was brought in and we stayed at table till midnight, talking about trifles, but so pleasantly that the time passed away very quickly.

On the fifth night, it being the twenty-fourth of November, in the darkness of the third hour after midnight, the alarm was sounded and Corund summoned by a runner from the north with word that a sally was made from Eshgrar Ogo, and the lines bursten through in that quarter, and fighting going forward in the mirk.

Unless the Skyhook arrived before the expiry of the deadline, at midnight the following night, then it would all have been wasted, all have been for nothing.

But the job had been accomplished, and its countdown was proceeding smoothly, and an hour and a half still remained before the midnight expiry of the seven-day ultimatum.