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twi•light /ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- Meteorologythe soft light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon.
- Meteorologythe period in the morning or evening during which this light prevails.
- a period marking the end or close of something, as a career:the twilight of his career.
- of or relating to twilight;
(twī′līt′),USA pronunciation n.
- Meteorologythe 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.
- Meteorologythe period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.
- a terminal period, esp. after full development, success, etc.:the twilight of his life.
- a state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.
- of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight;
obscure:in the twilight hours.
- appearing or flying at twilight;
- 1375–1425; late Middle English; see twi-, light1
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twilight /ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: literally: half-light (between day and night), from Old English twi- half + light1twilit /ˈtwaɪˌlɪt/ adj
- the soft diffused light occurring when the sun is just below the horizon, esp following sunset
- the period in which this light occurs
- any faint light
- a period in which strength, importance, etc, are waning
- (modifier) of or relating to the period towards the end of the day: the twilight shift
- of or relating to the final phase of a particular era: the twilight days of the Bush presidency
- denoting irregularity and obscurity: a twilight existence
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