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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.

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. Arlen Schumer:

    You name the big themes in life and in art, and you can find it in 'The Twilight Zone,'.

  2. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.

  3. The WHOI:

    The unique challenge about working in the twilight zone is that we don't want to disturb the animals.

  4. Elizabeth Bowen:

    It is in this unearthly first hour of spring twilight that earth's almost agonized livingness is most felt. This hour is so dreadful to some people that they hurry indoors and turn on the lights.

  5. Dame Edna Everage:

    My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.

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    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
    • A. aspiration
    • B. value
    • C. equity
    • D. rapture

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