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dark

[dahrk]
adjective, darker, darkest.
1.
having very little or no light: a dark room.
2.
radiating, admitting, or reflecting little light: a dark color.
3.
approaching black in hue: a dark brown.
4.
not pale or fair; swarthy: a dark complexion.
5.
brunette; dark-colored: dark eyebrows.
6.
having brunette hair: She's dark but her children are blond.
7.
(of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
8.
gloomy; cheerless; dismal: the dark days of World War II.
9.
sullen; frowning: a dark expression.
10.
evil; iniquitous; wicked: a dark plot.
11.
destitute of knowledge or culture; unenlightened.
12.
hard to understand; obscure.
13.
hidden; secret.
14.
silent; reticent.
15.
(of a theater) offering no performances; closed: The theaters in this town are dark on Sundays.
16.
Phonetics.
a.
(of an l- sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable. Compare clear ( def 24a ).
b.
(of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
noun
17.
the absence of light; darkness: I can't see well in the dark.
18.
night; nightfall: Please come home before dark.
19.
a dark place.
20.
a dark color.
verb (used with object)
21.
to make dark; darken.
verb (used without object)
22.
Obsolete. to grow dark; darken.
Idioms
23.
in the dark,
a.
in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
b.
in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
24.
keep dark, to keep as a secret; conceal: They kept their political activities dark.

Origin:
before 1000; (adj.) Middle English derk, Old English deorc; (noun and v.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; compare Middle High German terken to darken, hide

nondark, adjective
predark, adjective


1. Dark, dim, obscure, gloomy, murky refer to absence or insufficiency of light. Dark implies a more or less complete absence of light: a dark night. Dim implies faintness of light or indistinctness of form (resulting from the lack of light or from imperfect vision): a dim outline. Obscure implies dimness that may arise also from factors that interfere with light or vision: obscure because of haze. Gloomy means cloudy, ill-lighted, dusky: a gloomy hall. Murky implies a thick or misty darkness: murky water. 4. dusky, black. 12. recondite, abstruse.


1. lighted. 2. bright. 8. cheerful. 9. pleasant. 12. clear.
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dark (dɑːk)
 
adj
1.  having little or no light: a dark street
2.  light Compare medium (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting little light: dark brown
3.  a.  (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
 b.  (in combination): dark-eyed
4.  gloomy or dismal
5.  sinister; evil: a dark purpose
6.  sullen or angry: a dark scowl
7.  ignorant or unenlightened: a dark period in our history
8.  secret or mysterious: keep it dark
9.  phonetics Compare light denoting an (l) pronounced with a velar articulation giving back vowel resonance. In English, l is usually dark when final or preconsonantal
10.  informal stock exchange go dark (of a company) to remove itself from the register of major exchanges while continuing to trade
 
n
11.  absence of light; darkness
12.  night or nightfall
13.  a dark place, patch, or shadow
14.  a state of ignorance (esp in the phrase in the dark)
 
vb
15.  an archaic word for darken
 
[Old English deorc; related to Old High German terchennen to hide]
 
'darkish
 
adj
 
'darkly
 
adv
 
'darkness
 
n

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dark
O.E. deorc, from P.Gmc. *derkaz. "Absence of light" especially at night is the original meaning. Meaning "gloomy, cheerless" was also in O.E. Application to colors is 16c. Theater slang for "closed" is from 1916; darky, for "black person" is from 1775; In the dark "ignorant" first recorded 1670s.
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