Word of the DayFriday, September 02, 2011
\DAHR-kuhl\ , verb;
To grow dark, gloomy, etc.
To appear dark; show indistinctly.
Beyond the open trunk, the desert seemed to darkle, brighten, darkle rhythmically, but in fact the acuity of his vision sharpened briefly with each systolic thrust of his pounding heart.
-- Dean Koontz, The Husband
And the fire-flies wink and darkle, Crowded swarms that soar and sparkle, And in wildering escort gather!
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: a tragedy
Darkle is a back-formation from the obsolete darkling, "to be in the dark."
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