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twi·light

 (twī′līt′)
n.
1.
a. The diffused light from the sky during the early evening or early morning when the sun is below the horizon and its light is refracted by the earth's atmosphere.
b. The time of the day when the sun is just below the horizon, especially the period between sunset and dark.
2. Dim or diffused illumination.
3. A period or condition of decline following growth, glory, or success: in the twilight of his life.
4. A state of ambiguity or obscurity.

[Middle English twilighte : Old English twi-, two, half; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + Old English līht, light; see light1.]

twilight

(ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt)
n
1. the soft diffused light occurring when the sun is just below the horizon, esp following sunset.
2. the period in which this light occurs
3. the period of time during which the sun is a specified angular distance below the horizon (6°, 12°, and 18° for civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight, respectively)
4. any faint light
5. a period in which strength, importance, etc, are waning: the twilight of his life.
6. (modifier)
a. of or relating to the period towards the end of the day: the twilight shift.
b. of or relating to the final phase of a particular era: the twilight days of the Bush presidency.
c. denoting irregularity and obscurity: a twilight existence.
[C15: literally: half-light (between day and night), from Old English twi- half + light1]
twilit adj

twi•light

(ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt)

n.
1. the 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.
2. the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.
3. a terminal period, esp. after full development, success, etc.
4. a state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.
adj.
5. of or resembling twilight; dim; obscure.
[1375–1425; late Middle English; see twi-, light1]

twilight

- The time of two lights, the fading sunset and the emerging light of the moon and stars; there are three sequential stages of twilight: civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight.
See also related terms for lights.

twilight

The periods of incomplete darkness following sunset and preceding sunrise. Twilight is designated as civil, nautical or astronomical, as the darker limit occurs when the center of the sun is 6 deg, 12 deg or 18 deg, respectively, below the celestial horizon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twilight - the time of day immediately following sunsettwilight - the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"
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"
night - a shortening of nightfall; "they worked from morning to night"
time of day, hour - clock time; "the hour is getting late"
2.twilight - the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earthtwilight - the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
3.twilight - a condition of decline following successestwilight - a condition of decline following successes; "in the twilight of the empire"
declination, decline - a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
Adj.1.twilight - lighted by or as if by twilighttwilight - lighted by or as if by twilight; "The dusky night rides down the sky/And ushers in the morn"-Henry Fielding; "the twilight glow of the sky"; "a boat on a twilit river"
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"

twilight

noun
1. dusk, evening, sunset, early evening, nightfall, sundown, gloaming (Scot. or poetic), close of day They returned at twilight and set off for the bar.
dusk morning, dawn, sunrise, daybreak, sunup
2. half-light, gloom, dimness, semi-darkness the deepening autumn twilight
3. decline, last years, final years, closing years, autumn, downturn, ebb, last phase Now they are both in the twilight of their careers.
decline height, peak, climax, crowning moment
adjective
1. evening, dim, darkening the summer twilight sky
2. declining, last, final, dying, ebbing the twilight years of the Hapsburg Empire
Related words
adjective crepuscular

twilight

noun
The period between afternoon and nighttime:
Archaic: even, vesper.
Translations
غَسَقفَتْرَة ضَعْف القُوَّه، إنخِفاض القُوَّه
šerosoumrak
skumringtusmørkenedgangsperiode
aamuhämäräepäselvähämäräiltahämärä
sumrak
hnignunljósaskipti
sutemos
krēslamijkrēslisnovakare
mrak
sumrak
alaca karanlıkçöküş devri

twilight

[ˈtwaɪlaɪt]
A. N
1. (= evening) → anochecer m, crepúsculo m; (= morning) → madrugada f
at twilightal anochecer
in the twilighta media luz
2. (fig) → crepúsculo m, ocaso m
B. CPD twilight area N = twilight zone twilight sleep Nsueño m crepuscular
a twilight world Nun mundo crepuscular
twilight zone Nzona f gris

twilight

[ˈtwaɪlaɪt]
n
(= dusk) → crépuscule m
in the twilight → dans la pénombre
(fig) the twilight of sth (career)la fin de qch; (life, civilization, empire)le crépuscule de qch
in the twilight of his life → au crépuscule de sa vie
modif (= final) [years] → dernier/ère twilight hourstwilight hours n (= dusk) → crépuscule m
during twilight hours → au crépuscule

twilight

n (= time)Dämmerung f; (= semi-darkness also)Dämmer- or Zwielicht nt; at twilightin der Dämmerung; the twilight of the godsdie Götterdämmerung; the twilight of western civilizationder Herbst der westlichen Zivilisation (liter); the twilight of his life, his twilight yearssein Lebensabend m

twilight

:
twilight sleep
n (Med) → Dämmerschlaf m
twilight world
nWelt fdes Zwielichts
twilight zone
nZwielicht nt

twilight

[ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt] n (evening, also) (fig) → crepuscolo; (morning) → alba
at twilight → al crepuscolo, all'alba
in the twilight → nella penombra

twilight

(ˈtwailait) noun
1. (the time of) the dim light just before the sun rises or just after it sets.
2. the time when the full strength or power of something is decreasing. in the twilight of his life.

twi·light

n. crepúsculo;
___ sleepsueño crepuscular;
___ stateestado de somnolencia.
References in classic literature ?
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair; Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful Dawn; A dancing Shape, an Image gay, To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.
In the twilight of the evening the fire grew brighter and more cheerful.
At last a steady twilight brooded over the earth, a twilight only broken now and then when a comet glared across the darkling sky.
They met daily in that strange and solemn interval, the twilight of the morning, in the violet or pink dawn; for it was necessary to rise early, so very early, here.
The intervening space was empty--a paved solitude, between lofty edifices, which threw almost a twilight shadow over it.
To make matters worse, this dangerous river travel could not be done in the dark, and their working day was reduced to the six hours of twilight.
Verily, said he unto his disciples, a little while, and there cometh the long twilight.
She sat down on her lounge beside Annushka, and looked about her in the twilight of the sleeping-carriage.
My own servant came to me in the twilight, the muslin of his clothes clinging tightly to his drenched body, and told me that a gentleman had called and wished to see some one.
Morning mist or twilight clear, Serve him, Wardens of the Deer
SUSPICIONS amongst thoughts, are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight.
She had depended on a twilight walk to the Grecian temple, and perhaps all over the grounds, and an evening merely cold or damp would not have deterred her from it; but a heavy and settled rain even SHE could not fancy dry or pleasant weather for walking.