Twilight meaning

twīlīt
Twilight is the soft light just after sunset or just before sunrise.

An example of twilight is when trees are black against the sky, after the sun has gone down.

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A condition or period of gradual decline following full development, achievement, glory, etc.
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A period or condition of decline following growth, glory, or success.

In the twilight of his life.

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A state of ambiguity or obscurity.
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Dim or diffused illumination.
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Any growing darkness.
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Of or like twilight; dim, obscure, etc.
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The soft light in the sky seen before the rising and (especially) after the setting of the sun, occasioned by the illumination of the earth's atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.

I could just make out her face in the twilight.

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The time when this light is visible; the period between daylight and darkness.

It was twilight by the time I got back home.

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Any faint light through which something is seen; an in-between or fading condition.

The twilight of probability. "”John Locke.

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Pertaining to or resembling twilight.

O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves. "”Alexander Pope.

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Origin of twilight

  • Middle English twilighte Old English twi- two, half dwo- in Indo-European roots Old English līht light light1

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

  • From Middle English twilight, twyelyghte, from Old English twÄ“onelÄ“oht (“twilight"), equivalent to twi- (“double, half-") +"Ž light, literally "˜second light, half-light'. Cognate to Scots twa licht, twylicht, twielicht (“twilight"), Low German twilecht, twelecht (“twilight"), Dutch tweelicht (“twilight, dusk"), German Zwielicht (“twilight, dusk").

    From Wiktionary