from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of employees working during the night in a factory or business.
  • n. The period of time for such work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A regularly scheduled period of work, during evening or night hours, especially 4 PM to midnight or midnight to 8 AM.
  • n. A group of workers who work during the night.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)
  • n. the work shift during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)


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  • He had walked all the way from his night shift of work at the construction site of the new high rise up above Kotewall Road in Mid Levels to save the fare.

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  • “What’s your name, son?” asked Captain Thorbahn, our night shift chief nurse.

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  • It was all the money he had and all the money he could borrow, leaving only enough for three inhalations of the White Powder that he would need to see him through his night shift tonight.

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  • Kassant worked the night shift at the Intarian monitor station.

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  • They may compose cello sonatas at 2:00A.M.,work the night shift at the BMW plant, or host an all-night radio rock show.

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  • His three coworkers on the night shift at Vilburgtown Dam were not famous for empathy or thoughtfulness.

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  • Some nineteen-year-old townie punk who just needed a job and ended up on the night shift at Big Tom’s.

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  • More specifically, the problem was that the Canadian and American Customs guys on the arm for the Farino family worked only the night shift at the same time a certain Thursday of the month at the same place: the Queenston Toll Bridge at Lewiston, about six miles north of the Falls.



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