Midnight is the transition time period from one day to the next: the moment when the date changes. In the Roman time system, midnight was halfway between sunset and sunrise, varying according to the seasons.
Solar midnight is that 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 Ukrainian preserve this association with their words for "midnight" ("północ", "північ" – literally "half-night"), which also means "north".
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... The Midnight Office (Greek Μεσονύκτικον, Mesonýtikon Slavonic Полунощница, Polúnoshnitsa Romanian Miezonoptică) is one of the Canonical Hours that compose the ... as a purely monastic devotion inspired by Psalm 11862, At midnight I arose to give thanks unto Thee for the judgments of Thy righteousness (LXX), and also by the Gospel Parable of the Wise ... The name of the Midnight Office is sometimes erroneously translated as "Nocturns" but this is misleading, as in the West "Nocturn" refers to a division within the completely different office of Matins ...
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... Midnight breakfast is a generic term for a communal meal served at some American colleges and universities ... breakfast foods are served in the school's dining hall late at night (hence "midnight") as a study break before or during final exams, or as a traditional community-building event ... Midnight breakfast is usually at most a weekly event and at least an annual event, and should not be confused with school dining facilities that operate 24 hours a day on a regular basis ...
Famous quotes containing the word midnight:
“Where have you gone? The tide is over you,
The turn of midnight waters over you,
As Time is over you, and mystery,
And memory, the flood that does not flow.”
—Kenneth Slessor (19011971)
“Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair,
The midnight murderer bursts the faithless bar;
Invades the sacred hour of silent rest
And leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast.”
—Samuel Johnson (17091784)
“We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.”
—Calvin Coolidge (18721933)