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ˈdɑrk lɪŋdark·ling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. darklingadjective

    uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure

    "a darkling glance"; "secret operatives and darkling conspiracies"-Archibald MacLeish

  2. darklingadjective

    (poetic) occurring in the dark or night

    "a darkling journey"


  1. darklingnoun


  2. darklingnoun

    a creature that lives in the dark

  3. darklingadverb

    in the dark, obscurely

  4. darklingadjective

    dark; darkening

  5. darklingadjective

    obscure, done or happening 'in the dark' or unseen

  6. Etymology: From derkelyng, from derk + -lyng.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Darklinga participle, as it seems, from darkle,

    Being in the dark; being without light: a word merely poetical.

    O, wilt thou darkling leave me? do not so. William Shakespeare.

    Darkling stands
    The varying shore o’ th’ world. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    The wakeful bird
    Sings darkling, and, in shadiest covert hid,
    Tunes her nocturnal note. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii.

    Darkling they mourn their fate, whom Circe’s pow’r,
    With words and wicked herbs, from human kind
    Had alter’d, and in brutal shapes confin’d. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. darkling

    "Darkling" is the 60th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 18th episode of the third season. This show focuses on the holographic Doctor, a self-aware computer program aboard the starship USS Voyager that is struggling with re-programming himself. The episode debuted on UPN on February 19, 1997.


  1. darkling

    Darkling is primarily used as an adjective that means relating to or occurring in the darkness. It can also be used as a noun to refer to a creature or being that belongs to, resides in, or is associated with darkness. This term is often used in literary or poetic context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Darklingadverb

    in the dark

  2. Darkling

    becoming dark or gloomy; frowing

  3. Darkling

    dark; gloomy

  4. Etymology: [Dark + the adverbial suffix -ling.]


  1. Darkling

    "Darkling" is the 60th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 18th episode of the third season.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of darkling in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of darkling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of darkling in a Sentence

  1. John Keats:

    from ODE to a NIGHTENGALE: Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain,

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