dusk

1 [duhsk]
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:
1615–25; back formation from dusky

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dusk

2 [duhsk]
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

duskish, adjective
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dusk (dʌsk)
 
n
1.  twilight or the darker part of twilight
2.  poetic gloom; shade
 
adj
3.  poetic shady; gloomy
 
vb
4.  poetic to make or become dark
 
[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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dusk
O.E. dox "dark-haired, dark from the absence of light" (cognate with Swed. duska "be misty," L. fuscus "dark," Skt. dhusarah "dust-colored"). Modern form is perhaps via a Northumbrian variant. A color word originally; the sense of "twilight" is recorded from 1622.
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Example sentences
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.
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