What does the word nightfall mean?

Usage examples for nightfall

  1. No one had seen any strange person about nightfall either in the village or its vicinity; the roads and foot- paths had been deserted; at the ford, at the mill, at the inn, no stranger had appeared. – Iermola by Joseph Ignatius Kraszewksi
  2. He has no lamp in his dwelling because he cannot afford it, and after the early nightfall he has to pass his evening hours sitting in the dark, when there is no moon. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  3. By nightfall it was blowing a furious gale. – The Dragon and the Raven or, The Days of King Alfred by G. A. Henty