sunset

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A sunset (changes in color of the sky).

Etymology[edit]

sun +‎ set. In Gower's Confessio Amantis, before 1393.[1]

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Noun[edit]

sunset (plural sunsets)

  1. The time of day when the sun disappears below the western horizon.
  2. The changes in color of the sky at sunset.
  3. (figuratively) The final period of the life of a person or thing.
    • Campbell
      'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore.
    one's sunset years
  4. (attributively) Having a set termination date.
    The tax increase legislation included a sunset clause requiring renewal to prevent the tax increase from expiring.
  5. The region where the sun sets; the west.

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sunset (third-person singular simple present sunsets, present participle sunsetting, simple past and past participle sunsetted)

  1. (business, politics, transitive) To phase out.
    We'll be sunsetting version 1.9 of the software shortly after releasing version 2.0 next quarter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988

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