dusk

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Dusk

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English dosk, duske ‎(dusky, adj.), from Old English dox ‎(dark, swarthy), from Proto-Germanic *duskaz ‎(dark, smoky), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰūs- (compare Old Irish donn ‎(dark), Latin fuscus ‎(dark, dusky), Sanskrit धूसर ‎(dhūsara, dust-colored)), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- ‎(smoke, mist, haze). More at dye. Related to dust.

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dusk ‎(plural dusks)

  1. A period of time at the end of day when the sun is below the horizon but before the full onset of night, especially the darker part of twilight.
  2. A darkish colour.
    • Dryden
      Whose dusk set off the whiteness of the skin.

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dusk ‎(third-person singular simple present dusks, present participle dusking, simple past and past participle dusked)

  1. (intransitive) To begin to lose light or whiteness; to grow dusk.
  2. (transitive) To make dusk.
    • Holland
      After the sun is up, that shadow which dusketh the light of the moon must needs be under the earth.

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dusk ‎(comparative dusker, superlative duskest)

  1. Tending to darkness or blackness; moderately dark or black; dusky.
    • Milton
      A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades.

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  • dusk at OneLook Dictionary Search