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Nicht, Nycht, v. Also: nich, night, nyghtt. [ME. nyghte(n (1303), ME. and e.m.E. night(e, nyght(e.]

1. impers. a. (It) becomes night, night falls. b. With personal object: To overtake with night, to benight. a. It nychtyd fast and thai Thowcht till abyd thare to the day; Wynt. viii. 3437.
b. Euill lykand was the King it nichtit him sa lait And he na harberie had; Rauf C. 40.
Att ane ailhous neir [hevin] it nyghttit thaim thare; Kynd Kittok 15.

c. In passive. To be benighted, to be stranded for the night. Being nychtit for fault of my hors; 1582 Wemyss Corr. 77.
John Watson … and Alexander Watson … being nighted be the way, took up their lodging at Robert Innes his house; 1665 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. II. 69.

2. intr. To cease work for the night. Quhen the day is schort till entyr to his werk at day lycht in the morwyng, laif at half hour to twelf at none, and nycht at ewyn; 1529 Stirling B. Rec. I. 35.

3. To spend the night; to lodge for the night. Leaving these mountaynes … and passing the townes of Antibo and Cana to night at Furges; Lithgow Trav. 335.
Haill, haill, sveit groues, quher ofttyms nichted he; Lundie Poems 35.
Thay nichit for thair awin pay in the Oldtoun; Spalding II. 6.

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