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dar·kling

 (där′klĭng)
adv.
In the dark.
adj.
1. Occurring or enacted in the dark.
2. Dark; dim.
n.
The dark: "She carried some rugs for me through the shrubbery in the darkling" (H.G. Wells).

darkling

(ˈdɑːklɪŋ)
adv, adj
in the dark or night
adj
darkening or almost dark; obscure
[C15: from dark + -ling2]

dark•ling

(ˈdɑrk lɪŋ)

adv.
1. in the dark.
adj.
2. dark; obscure.
[1425–75; late Middle English derkelyng; see dark, -ling2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.darkling - uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure; "a darkling glance"; "secret operatives and darkling conspiracies"-Archibald MacLeish
dark - devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
2.darkling - (poetic) occurring in the dark or night; "a darkling journey"
poesy, poetry, verse - literature in metrical form
dark - devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
References in classic literature ?
If the gods think to speak outright to man, they will honorably speak outright; not shake their heads, and give an old wives' darkling hint.
Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird Sings darkling, and in shadiest Covert hid Tunes her nocturnal Note.
On the left, a row of fieldside trees beshaded it; on the right, it was bordered by naked fallows, undulating down-hill to the Queensferry Road; in front, Corstorphine Hill raised its snow-bedabbled, darkling woods against the sky.
Then I looked out at the darkling sea, where in the dimness his little island was hidden.
In that darkling calm my senses seemed preternaturally sharpened.
To us and to an observer about Ripley it would have had precisely the same effect--the Martians seemed in solitary possession of the darkling night, lit only as it was by the slender moon, the stars, the afterglow of the daylight, and the ruddy glare from St.
The following day still saw them scattered within sight of each other and heading different ways; but when, at last, the breeze came with the darkling ripple that ran very blue on a pale sea, they all went in the same direction together.
The side of the ship made an opaque belt of shadow on the darkling glassy shimmer of the sea.
The mahogany bed with a piece of light silk which Therese found somewhere and used for a counterpane was a magnificent combination of white and crimson between the gleaming surfaces of dark wood; and the whole room had an air of splendour with marble consoles, gilt carvings, long mirrors and a sumptuous Venetian lustre depending from the ceiling: a darkling mass of icy pendants catching a spark here and there from the candles of an eight- branched candelabra standing on a little table near the head of a sofa which had been dragged round to face the fireplace.
cried Bartolomeo, with a darkling look at Bonaparte.
It needed but this to complete the grim suggestiveness of the barren waste, the chilling wind, and the darkling sky.
He went to his open window, looking out over the frozen pond and the moonlit statue in the middle of their circle of darkling woods, and listened again.