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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
References in classic literature ?
We had one fine sunset--a rich carmine flush that suffused the western sky and cast a ruddy glow far over the sea.--Fine sunsets seem to be rare in this part of the world--or at least, striking ones.
and to that I answer, for perhaps the hundredth time, because of the sunsets. We went there for the sunsets, but that was five-and-twenty years ago.
wise the old philosophers who sought To lengthen their long sunsets among flowers, By stealing the young night's unsullied hours And the dim moments with sweet burdens fraught.
I remembered my skiff, lying idle and accumulating barnacles at the boat-wharf; I remembered the wind that blew every day on the bay, the sunrises and sunsets I never saw; the bite of the salt air in my nostrils, the bite of the salt water on my flesh when I plunged overside; I remembered all the beauty and the wonder and the sense-delights of the world denied me.
It was far down the afternoon; and when all the spearings of the crimson fight were done: and floating in the lovely sunset sea and sky, sun and whale both stilly died together; then, such a sweetness and such plaintiveness, such inwreathing orisons curled up in that rosy air, that it almost seemed as if far over from the deep green convent valleys of the Manilla isles, the Spanish land-breeze, wantonly turned sailor, had gone to sea, freighted with these vesper hymns.
I felt as I imagine a husband may feel on a solitary holiday--if there are husbands unnatural enough to go holidaying without their wives--pleasantly conscious of a home tucked somewhere beneath the distant sunset, yet in no precipitate hurry to return there before the appointed day.
The court was very cool and a little damp, and full of premature twilight, although the sky, high up overhead, was still bright with sunset. The middle one of the three windows was half-way open; and sitting close beside it, taking the air with an infinite sadness of mien, like some disconsolate prisoner, Utterson saw Dr.
I sat down on it, and I surveyed the broad view of our old world under the sunset of that long day.
Hung with the sunset's fringe of gold; Now strangely clear thine image grows, And olden memories Are startled from their long repose Like shadows on the silent snows When suddenly the night-wind blows Where quiet moonlight ties.
time was, when as the sunrise nobly spurred me, so the sunset soothed.
Once a ripple came to land In the golden sunset burning-- Lapped against a maiden's hand, By the ford returning.
Once a leash of thin black whips, like the arms of an octopus, flashed across the sunset and was immediately with- drawn, and afterwards a thin rod rose up, joint by joint, bearing at its apex a circular disk that spun with a wobbling motion.