Definitions for: Twilight


[n] the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth
[n] a state of diffused or dim illumination
[n] a condition of decline following successes; "in the twilight of the empire"
[n] the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"



Webster (1913) Definition: Twi"light`, n. [OE. twilight, AS. twi- (see Twice)
+ le['o]ht light; hence the sense of doubtful or half light;
cf. LG. twelecht, G. zwielicht. See Light.]
1. The light perceived before the rising, and after the
setting, of the sun, or when the sun is less than 18[deg]
below the horizon, occasioned by the illumination of the
earth's atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their
reflection on the earth.

2. faint light; a dubious or uncertain medium through which
anything is viewed.

As when the sun . . . from behind the moon, In dim
eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds. --Milton.

The twilight of probability. --Locke.


Twi"light`, a.
1. Seen or done by twilight. --Milton.

2. Imperfectly illuminated; shaded; obscure.

O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves. --Pope.

Synonyms: dusk, dusk, evenfall, fall, gloaming, nightfall

See Also: declination, decline, eve, evening, eventide, hour, light, night, semidarkness, time of day, visible light, visible radiation

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