- (transitive) To make dusky or obscure.
(Can we date this quote?), James Joyce, “From a Banned Writer to a Banned Singer”, in The Complete Works of James Joyce, published 2016:
- It was last seen and heard of by some macgillic-cuddies above a lonely valley of their reeks, duskening the greylight as it flew, its cry echechohoing among the anfractuosities: pour la dernière fois,' The blackbulled ones, stampeding, drew in their horns, all appailed and much upset, which explaints the guttermilk on their overcoats.
1906, George Banghart Henry Swayze, Yarb and Cretine, page 123:
- Twilight began to dusken the quiet of the house.
1550, Thomas Nichols, The hystory writtone by Thucidides the Athenyan of the warre, translation of History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides:
- The sayd epigrame was not utterly defaced, but only duskened or rased.
- (intransitive) To grow or become dusky.
1801, Henry James Pye, Alfred:
- Noble you must be: noble too am I / If true the tale that Danewulf loves to tell / When twilight duskens round the crackling logs
1995, Dmitri Nabokov, “La Veneziana”, in The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, translation of original by Vladimir Nabokov:
- When in a meadow, or, as now, in a quiet, already duskening wood, he would involuntarily begin to wonder if, through this silence, he might perhaps hear the entire, enormous world traversing space with a melodious whistle, the bustle of distant cities, the pounding of sea waves, the singing of telegraph wires above the deserts.