Definition of night shift in US English:

night shift


  • 1The period of time scheduled for work at night, as in a factory or other institution.

    ‘a doughnut-maker on the night shift at a bakery’
    • ‘Mom's out for the night, as usual, since she's over at the hospital doing the night shift.’
    • ‘David probably just left for a night shift at the hospital.’
    • ‘She works the night shift at a hospital in New Jersey.’
    • ‘Besides her mom was working the night shift at the hospital and wouldn't be able to hear them ‘getting out of hand’.’
    • ‘For the most part though, this is a brilliant job, but if alcohol did not exist, we would have a very quiet time on the night shift.’
    • ‘We thought, okay, he needs to adjust to the night shift.’
    • ‘The woman, who is in her 30s, was on her way to a night shift at Harwich Hospital.’
    • ‘To those working on the night shift, this cold feeling should be considered a warning sign of extreme circadian disruption.’
    • ‘Today begins my transition into working the night shift.’
    • ‘After working the night shift for three months, I was transferred to the day shift.’
    • ‘Two thousand mostly female workers carry out a ten-hour night shift at an armaments factory dedicated to making tank parts.’
    • ‘But usually only one doctor and about one-third of the nurses work at the hospital during the night shift.’
    • ‘However, during the critical night shift no more than five are rostered for duty, leaving just 16 ambulances to cover the greater Dublin region.’
    • ‘So where hospitals have been able to staff the night shift, that's how nurses have done it.’
    • ‘And so I have begun another week of working the night shift in the ER.’
    • ‘I heard Karen come in from her night shift at about 4:00.’
    • ‘To earn extra money, he switches to the night shift in the bottle factory where he's a valued worker.’
    • ‘Their mother worked the night shift at the local hospital and did not get home until eight in the morning.’
    • ‘We excluded 2 subjects working night shift during the study period from the analysis.’
    • ‘Cognitive performance improved from baseline to test periods during the night shift.’
    1. 1.1 The employees who work during the night shift.
      ‘at 8 a.m. the night shift goes home’
      • ‘The actions of the night shift on Tier 1 were an aberration.’
      • ‘Employees were milling around the lobby preparing for the night shift to come in.’
      • ‘In the early evening after a long hot early summer day the landscape relaxed gently, gathering soft blue mists about itself and taking a long deep breath before the night shift came out.’
      • ‘‘The night shift will have to remove the graffiti over there,’ one of the workers told me, pointing at the far wall on the other side of the track.’
      • ‘When union representatives went out to the station to meet the night shift coming on duty, they were met by management with letters threatening action.’


night shift

/ˈnīt ˌSHift/