half-light


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half-light

(hăf′līt′, häf′-)
n.
The soft, subdued light seen at dusk or dawn or in dimly lit interiors.
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half-light

n
a dim light, as at dawn or dusk
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half′-light`



n.
light that is about half its customary brightness.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.half-light - a greyish light (as at dawn or dusk or in dim interiors)
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
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Translations

half-light

[ˈhɑːflaɪt] Npenumbra f
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half-light

[ˌhɑːfˈlaɪt] nsemioscurità
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References in classic literature ?
The whole expanse Suddenly in the half-light of the dusk Glimmered and waned.
On the fourteenth day I went into the kitchen, and I was surprised to find that the fronds of the red weed had grown right across the hole in the wall, turning the half-light of the place into a crimson-coloured obscurity.
That was, in brief, the chief sensation I received from that face in the dim half-light in which I saw it.
She felt her eyes opening wider and wider, her fingers and toes twitching nervously, something within oppressing her breathing, while all shapes and sounds seemed in the uncertain half-light to strike her with unaccustomed vividness.
In the half-light he looked about at the stalls and boxes and smiled a little consciously, recalling with amusement Sir Harry's judicial frown.
`The moon was setting, and the dying moonlight and the first pallor of dawn were mingled in a ghastly half-light. The bushes were inky black, the ground a sombre grey, the sky colourless and cheerless.
The Nautilus did not remain motionless, but skirted the coast, advancing ten miles more to the south in the half-light left by the sun as it skirted the edge of the horizon.
"Here I come, expecting to find a good sensible girl who had seen at last the vanity of all those things; half-light in the rooms; surrounded by the works of her favourite poets, and all that sort of thing.
A moment later the tawny figure of Sheeta slunk out into the half-light of the beach.
At this moment a soft half-light pervaded the studio; but a parting ray of the evening sunlight suddenly illuminated the spot where the soldier sat, so that his noble, blanched face, his black hair, and his clothes were bathed in its glow.
The floor was of tesselated marble, smooth as glass, and from the walls strange shapes loomed out, woven into huge portieres in rich, harmonious colors, or gleaming from paintings, wonderful and mysterious-looking in the half-light, purple and red and golden, like sunset glimmers in a shadowy forest.
At the sight of that long beam, in the half-light which the infrequent torches of the brigands spread over the Place, thus borne by that crowd of men who dashed it at a run against the church, one would have thought that he beheld a monstrous beast with a thousand feet attacking with lowered head the giant of stone.