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false dawn

zodiacal light occurring before sunrise.
Origin of false dawn
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • false dawn was spreading its dim fanlight over the eastern horizon as he coptered back to his official quarters in the city.

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • If a sun is to rise on that world, then not even a false dawn yet shows.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • The science of the Renaissance differs from that of the false dawn in Greek times in the fact of fruitfulness.

  • It was a beautiful night, just paling into a false dawn in the east.

  • Then as the blackness lifts, in the dim light of the false dawn filtering through the window of the mountain hut.

  • The rocket towered, winged and monstrously checkered in white and orange, against the first flickerings of the false dawn.

    The Hills of Home Alfred Coppel
  • Yes, America is now in the false dawn, and as sure as America lives, the true dawn must follow.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • During the brief 68 false dawn they were puzzled by the odd appearance of the ground.

    Into the Primitive Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for false dawn

false dawn

zodiacal light appearing just before sunrise
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Contemporary definitions for false dawn

something promising that comes to nothing's 21st Century Lexicon
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