Sunset Definition

sŭnsĕt
sunsets
noun
sunsets
The daily disappearance of the sun below the western horizon.
Webster's New World
The varying time of this.
Webster's New World
The sky as the sun sets.
A rosy sunset.
American Heritage
The atmospheric phenomena at this time, specif., the display of coloration visible in the western sky.
Webster's New World
The final phase or decline (of a period)
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
sundowntwilightnightfalleveningeveduskclose of the daysunsettingeventideend of the day
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adjective
Providing for an automatic expiration.
American Heritage
Designating or of a law, bill, etc. requiring that certain government agencies, programs, etc. come to an end after a specified period unless they get legislative approval again.
Webster's New World
Having to do with a final phase or decline.
A retiree's sunset years.
Webster's New World
verb
To expire on a previously established date, as a statutory provision.
American Heritage
To provide for the expiration of (a program or agency) by means of a sunset provision.
American Heritage
(business, politics) To phase out.
We'll be sunsetting version 1.9 of the software shortly after releasing version 2.0 next quarter.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Sunset

Noun

Singular:
sunset
Plural:
sunsets

Origin of Sunset

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • sun +"Ž set. In Gower's Confessio Amantis, before 1393.

    From Wiktionary

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