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sun·set

 (sŭn′sĕt′)
n.
1. The event or time of the disappearance of the upper circumferential edge of the sun as it sets below the horizon.
2. The sky as the sun sets: a rosy sunset.
3. A decline or final phase: the sunset of an empire.
4. Law The automatic expiration of a statutory provision on a previously established date, in the absence of reauthorization: The law's sunset was July 1.
adj.
Law Providing for an automatic expiration.
v. sun·set·ted, sun·set·ting, sun·sets Law
v.intr.
To expire on a previously established date, as a statutory provision.
v.tr.
To provide for the expiration of (a program or agency) by means of a sunset provision.

[Adj. and v., on the model of sunshine (as in sunshine law).]

sunset

(ˈsʌnˌsɛt)
n
1. (Astronomy) the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon
2. (Physical Geography) the atmospheric phenomena accompanying this disappearance
3. (Astronomy) Also called: sundown the time at which the sun sets at a particular locality
4. the final stage or closing period, as of a person's life

sun•set

(ˈsʌnˌsɛt)

n.
1. the setting of the sun below the horizon in the evening.
2. the atmospheric and scenic phenomena accompanying this.
3. the time when the sun sets.
adj.
4. (of an industry, technology, etc.) old; declining.
5. of or denoting a law requiring the termination of a government program or agency at the end of a specified period unless it is reauthorized by the legislature.
[1350–1400]

sunset

  • occultation - One of its meanings is "the disappearance from view of a star or planet in the sun's rays after sunset or before sunrise, when the star or planet is above the horizon."
  • acronical - Means happening at sunset or twilight.
  • antitwilight - The sky's pink or purple glow after sunset.
  • evening - Its Old English base meant "grow towards night," as evening extends from sunset to dark.

Sunset

 
  1. A huge sunset that drained away in the west like blood —William Styron
  2. The sun … drops like an angry brick at nightfall —Raymond Chandler
  3. A sunset as thick as jam simmered in the sky —Isaac Babel
  4. Sunset cast its colors through the leafless trees … like panes of stained glass —Madison Smartt Bell
  5. The (Montana) sunset lay between two mountains like a gigantic bruise from which dark arteries spread themselves over a poisoned sky —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The sunset looked like the fires of Hell were consuming it —Harry Prince
  7. The sun was moving down slowly as if it were descending a ladder —Flannery O’Connor
  8. The sun went down lopsided and wide as a rose on a stem —Eudora Welty
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sunset - the time in the evening at which the sun begins to fall below the horizonsunset - the time in the evening at which the sun begins to fall below the horizon
even, evening, eventide, eve - the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall); "he enjoyed the evening light across the lake"
time of day, hour - clock time; "the hour is getting late"
aurora, break of day, break of the day, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, daybreak, dayspring, first light, sunrise, sunup, morning - the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning"
2.sunset - atmospheric phenomena accompanying the daily disappearance of the sun
atmospheric phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
3.sunset - the daily event of the sun sinking below the horizon
periodic event, recurrent event - an event that recurs at intervals
Adj.1.sunset - of a declining industry or technology; "sunset industries"
old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
2.sunset - providing for termination; "a program with a sunset provision"
last - coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining; "the last time I saw Paris"; "the last day of the month"; "had the last word"; "waited until the last minute"; "he raised his voice in a last supreme call"; "the last game of the season"; "down to his last nickel"

sunset

noun nightfall, dusk, sundown, eventide, gloaming (Scot. or poetic), close of (the) day The dance ends at sunset.
Related words
adjective acronychal, acronycal, or (U.S.) acronical
Translations
غُرُوبُ الشَّمْسغُروب، مَغيب
západ sluncezápad
solnedgang
auringonlaskuiltarusko
zalazak sunca
alkonyalkonypírnaplementenapnyugta
sólsetursólarlag
たそがれ日没
일몰
sončni zahod
solnedgång
พระอาทิตย์ตก
hoàng hôn

sunset

[ˈsʌnset] Npuesta f del sol
at sunsetal atardecer, al ponerse el sol

sunset

[ˈsʌnsɛt] ncoucher m du soleil
at sunset → au coucher du soleil

sunset

[ˈsʌnˌsɛt] ntramonto

sun

(san) noun
1. the round body in the sky that gives light and heat to the earth. The Sun is nearly 150 million kilometres away from the Earth.
2. any of the fixed stars. Do other suns have planets revolving round them?
3. light and heat from the sun; sunshine. We sat in the sun; In Britain they don't get enough sun; The sun has faded the curtains.
verbpast tense, past participle sunned
to expose (oneself) to the sun's rays. He's sunning himself in the garden.
ˈsunless adjective
without sun, or lacking sunlight. a sunless room.
ˈsunny adjective
1. filled with sunshine. sunny weather.
2. cheerful and happy. The child has a sunny nature.
ˈsunniness noun
ˈsunbathe verb
to lie or sit in the sun, especially wearing few clothes, in order to get a suntan.
ˈsunbeam noun
a ray of the sun.
ˈsunburn noun
the brown or red colour of the skin caused by exposure to the sun's rays.
ˈsunburned, ˈsunburnt adjective
sunburnt faces.
ˈsundial noun
a device, usually in a garden, for telling time from the shadow of a rod or plate on its surface cast by the sun.
ˈsundown noun
(especially American) sunset.
ˈsunflower noun
a type of large yellow flower with petals like rays of the sun, from whose seeds we get oil.
ˈsunglasses noun plural
glasses of dark-coloured glass or plastic to protect the eyes in bright sunlight.
ˈsunlight noun
the light of the sun. The cat was sitting in a patch of sunlight.
ˈsunlit adjective
lighted up by the sun. a sunlit room.
ˈsunrise noun
the rising of the sun in the morning, or the time of this.
ˈsunset noun
the setting of the sun, or the time of this. the red glow of the sunset.
ˈsunshade noun
a type of umbrella for sheltering a person from the sun; a parasol.
ˈsunshine noun
1. the light of the sun. The children were playing in the sunshine.
2. cheerfulness or happiness.
ˈsunstroke noun
a serious illness caused by being in very hot sunshine for too long.
ˈsuntan noun
a brown colour of the skin caused by exposure to the sun. I'm trying to get a suntan.
catch the sun
to become sunburnt.
under the sun
in the whole world. I'm sure that he must have visited every country under the sun.

sunset

غُرُوبُ الشَّمْس západ slunce solnedgang Sonnenuntergang ηλιοβασίλεμα crepúsculo auringonlasku coucher de soleil zalazak sunca tramonto 日没 일몰 zonsondergang solnedgang zachód słońca pôr do sol закат солнца solnedgång พระอาทิตย์ตก gün batımı hoàng hôn 日落
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At sunset the tent was struck, hampers packed, wickets pulled up, boats loaded, and the whole party floated down the river, singing at the tops of their voices.
It was always mournful to see them come flying home at sunset and disappear under the earth.
The young girls retired early to their white snow-drifts: Jessie not without some hilarious struggles with hers, in which she was, however, quickly surprised by the deep and refreshing sleep of youth; Christie to lie awake and listen to the night wind, that had changed from the first cool whispers of sunset to the sturdy breath of the mountain.
Never before had she had such a sense of the intolerable length of time that creeps between dawn and sunset, and of the miserable irksomeness of having aught to do, and of the better wisdom that it would be to lie down at once, in sullen resignation, and let life, and its toils and vexations, trample over one's prostrate body as they may
She was now of an age to run lightly along by her mother's side, and, constantly in motion from morn till sunset, could have accomplished a much longer journey than that before her.
With this once long lance, now wildly elbowed, fifty years ago did Nathan Swain kill fifteen whales between a sunrise and a sunset.
Nor, though placed amongst a ruthless crew and every hour passed by ruthless hands, and through the livelong nights shrouded with thick darkness which might cover any pilfering approach, nevertheless every sunrise found the doubloon where the sunset left it last.
The rest of our journey was very easy, and a little after sunset we reached the house of my master's friend.
It was a study in colors now, this smoke; in the sunset light it was black and brown and gray and purple.
An hour before sunset, she entered the village of T , by the Ohio river, weary and foot-sore, but still strong in heart.
Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a West as distant and as fair as that into which the sun goes down.
We made good time; and a couple of hours before sunset we stood upon the high confines of the Valley of Holiness, and our eyes swept it from end to end and noted its features.