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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twilight, dusk, gloaming, gloam, nightfall, evenfall, fall, crepuscule, crepusclenoun

    the time of day immediately following sunset

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

  2. twilightnoun

    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. twilightadjective

    a condition of decline following successes

    "in the twilight of the empire"

  4. dusky, twilight(a), twilitadjective

    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"


  1. twilightnoun

    The soft light in the sky seen before the rising and (especially) after the setting of the sun, occasioned by the illumination of the earth's 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. twilightnoun

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

    It was twilight by the time I got back home.

  3. twilightnoun

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

    The twilight of probability. John Locke.

  4. twilightadjective

    Pertaining to or resembling twilight

    O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves. Alexander Pope.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Twilightadjective

    When the sun begins to fling
    His flaring beams, me goddess bring
    To arched walks of twilight groves. John Milton.

    O’er the twilight groves, and dusky caves,
    Long-sounding isles, and intermingled graves,
    Black melancholy sits, and round her throws
    A death-like silence, and a dead repose. Alexander Pope.

    On old Lycæus or Cyllene hoar
    Trip no more in twilight ranks. John Milton.

  2. Twilightnoun

    The dubious or faint light before sunrise, and after sunset; obscure light; uncertain view.

    Etymology: tweelicht, Dutch; tweoneleoht , Saxon.

    Her twilights were more clear than our mid-day. John Donne.

    Suspicions amongst thoughts, are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight. Certainly they are to be well guarded. Francis Bacon.

    A faint weak love of virtue, and of good,
    Reflects from her on them, which understood
    Her worth; and though she have shut in all day
    The twilight of her memory doth stay. John Donne.

    He that saw hell in’s melancholy dream,
    And in the twilight of his phancy’s theme
    Scar’d from his sins, repented in a fright,
    Had he view’d Scotland, had turn’d proselyte. John Cleveland.

    Ambrosial night, with clouds exhal’d
    From that high mount of God, whence light and shade
    Spring both, the face of brightest heav’n had chang’d
    To grateful twilight. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    When the sun was down
    They just arriv’d by twilight at a town. Dryden.

    In the greatest part of our concernment he has afforded us only the twilight of probability, suitable to our state of mediocrity. John Locke.


  1. Twilight

    Twilight is the second single recorded by Barbados-based pop group Cover Drive. The song was written by the band with Swedish production team Quiz & Larossi and Ina Wroldsen. The song was released on 22 January 2012 as a digital download and CD single in the United Kingdom, taken from their debut album Bajan Style. The song topped the chart in the United Kingdom.


  1. twilight

    Twilight is the soft, diffused light that occurs in the sky from the time when the sun is just below the horizon, either just after sunset or just before sunrise. It's an intermediate time period between day and night, where there's still light, but the sun is not directly visible. The intensity and duration of twilight can vary depending on the time of year and geographical location.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twilightnoun

    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. Twilightnoun

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

  3. Twilightadjective

    seen or done by twilight

  4. Twilightadjective

    imperfectly illuminated; shaded; obscure


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twilight

    twī′līt, n. the faint light after sunset and before sunrise: an uncertain view: partial darkness.—adj. of twilight: faintly illuminated: obscure.—v.t. to illuminate faintly.—Twilight of the gods, the same as Ragnarök (q.v.). [Lit. ''tween light,' A.S. twí-, from twá, two, and light.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twilight in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twilight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of twilight in a Sentence

  1. Samir Puri:

    Eastern Ukraine residents were living in a twilight zone -- Eastern Ukraine residents were in the front line of a geopolitical despite, and there was a sense of powerlessness.

  2. Ingrid Bergman:

    No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.

  3. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

  4. Read MoreIn 2008:

    In' Twilight,' I was Read MoreIn 2008 -- I was 16 -- and so my parents were a huge part of( grounding me) and even when I was filming movies, when I was home, I still had to take out the trash. I still had to mow the lawn.

  5. Naked Gun From the Files of Police Squad:

    Frank oh, say can you see, buy the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming. who's bright strips and broad stars, in the parelious night, o'er the rampart's we watched, as the da da, da, da, da, da, and the rocket's red glare, lots of bombs in the air, gave proof to the night, that we still had a flag, oh say does that spangle banner wave, over all-l-l-l-l that's free, over the home, of the land, and the land of the free

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