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dusk1

[duhsk] /dʌsk/
noun
1.
the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight.
2.
partial darkness; shade; gloom:
She was barely visible in the dusk of the room.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; back formation from dusky

dusk2

[duhsk] /dʌsk/
adjective
1.
tending to darkness; dark.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to make or become dusk; darken.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English duske (adj.), dusken (v.); metathetic alteration of Old English dox dusky, doxian to turn dark; cognate with L. fuscus dark
Related forms
duskish, adjective
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Examples from the web for dusk
  • At dusk the heat gave way to the cool evening air, and the camp divided into three groups.
  • The show is best at dusk and at night, when the glow of fume clouds contrasts against dark sky and sea.
  • They usually hunt at night or during the gloaming hours of dawn and dusk.
  • But the existence of dawn and dusk does not invalidate the distinction between night and day.
  • The dense early morning fog and dusk light isolate this beautiful oak tree creating a mysterious mood.
  • The dusk became darkness, and the hours wore far into the evening.
  • It was early dusk of a fall evening and the sky was overcast with clouds.
  • And as they made merry, dusk evening came upon them.
  • Fishing piers are usually open from dawn to dusk and some allow night use.
  • Early morning and dusk are the best times of the day to view wildlife.
British Dictionary definitions for dusk

dusk

/dʌsk/
noun
1.
twilight or the darker part of twilight
2.
(poetic) gloom; shade
adjective
3.
(poetic) shady; gloomy
verb
4.
(poetic) to make or become dark
Word Origin
Old English dox; related to Old Saxon dosan brown, Old High German tusin yellow, Norwegian dusmen misty, Latin fuscus dark brown
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Word Origin and History for dusk
n.

c.1200, dosk "obscure, to become dark," perhaps from Old English dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swedish duska "be misty," Latin fuscus "dark," Sanskrit dhusarah "dust-colored;" also cf. Old English dosan "chestnut-brown," Old High German tusin "pale yellow") with transposition of -k- and -s-, perhaps via a Northumbrian variant (cf. colloquial ax for ask). But OED notes that "few of our words in -sk are of OE origin." A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1620s.

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