Definitions for Twilightˈtwaɪˌlaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

twi•lightˈtwaɪˌlaɪt(n.)

  1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.

    Category: Meteorology

  2. the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.

    Category: Meteorology

  3. a terminal period, esp. after full development, success, etc.

  4. a state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.

  5. (adj.)of or resembling twilight; dim; obscure.

Origin of twilight:

1375–1425; late ME; see twi-, light1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. twilight, dusk, gloaming, gloam, nightfall, evenfall, fall, crepuscule, crepuscle(noun)

    the time of day immediately following sunset

    "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"

  2. twilight(noun)

    the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth

  3. twilight(adj)

    a condition of decline following successes

    "in the twilight of the empire"

  4. dusky, twilight(a), twilit(adj)

    lighted by or as if by twilight

    "The dusky night rides down the sky/And ushers in the morn"-Henry Fielding; "the twilight glow of the sky"; "a boat on a twilit river"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. twilight(noun)ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt

    the time just after the sun has set

    Fires glowed in the twilight.; She called the kids at twilight.

Wiktionary

  1. twilight(Noun)

    The soft light in the sky seen before the rising and (especially) after the setting of the sun, occasioned by the illumination of the earthu2019s atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.

    I could just make out her face in the twilight.

  2. twilight(Noun)

    The time when this light is visible; the period between daylight and darkness.

    It was twilight by the time I got back home.

  3. twilight(Noun)

    Any faint light through which something is seen; an in-between or fading condition.

    The twilight of probability. u2014John Locke.

  4. twilight(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or resembling twilight

    Ou2019er the twilight groves and dusky caves. u2014Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twilight(noun)

    the light perceived before the rising, and after the setting, of the sun, or when the sun is less than 18¡ below the horizon, occasioned by the illumination of the earth's atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.

  2. Twilight(noun)

    faint light; a dubious or uncertain medium through which anything is viewed

  3. Twilight(adj)

    seen or done by twilight

  4. Twilight(adj)

    imperfectly illuminated; shaded; obscure

Freebase

  1. Twilight

    Twilight is the illumination that is produced by sunlight scattering in the upper atmosphere, illuminating the lower atmosphere when the Sun itself is not directly visible because it is below the horizon, so that the surface of the Earth is neither completely lit nor completely dark. The word "twilight" is also used to denote the periods of time when this illumination occurs. The further the Sun is below the horizon, the dimmer the twilight. When the Sun reaches 18 degrees below the horizon, twilight's brightness is nearly zero. Evening twilight ends and night begins. When the Sun again reaches 18 degrees below the horizon, night ends and morning twilight begins. Owing to its distinctive quality, primarily the absence of shadows and the appearance of objects silhouetted against the bright sky, twilight has long been popular with photographers, who refer to it as Sweet Light, and painters, who refer to it as the blue hour, after the French expression l'heure bleue. By analogy with evening twilight, the word "twilight" is also sometimes used metaphorically, to imply that something is losing strength and approaching its end. For example, a very old man may be said to be in the twilight of his life. The collateral adjective for twilight is crepuscular; it is most frequently encountered when applied to certain insects, fishes, and mammals that are most active during that time.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

twilight(noun)

(the time of) the dim light just before the sun rises or just after it sets.

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