dusk

adjective
\ ˈdəsk \

Definition of dusk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: dusky beginning to grow dusk outside

dusk

verb
dusked; dusking; dusks

Definition of dusk (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become dark the dusking room

transitive verb

: to make dark or gloomy a gray light dusked the room— William Sansom … his … formality dusked by the saturnine mood of ill health.— Herman Melville

dusk

noun

Definition of dusk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the darker part of twilight especially at night The park closes at dusk.
2 : darkness or semidarkness caused by the shutting out of light

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Examples of dusk in a Sentence

Adjective

under a dusk sky, the campers wearily bedded down for the night

Verb

the grief-stricken woman continued to sit in the dusking room until she was completely enveloped in darkness

Noun

The park closes at dusk. we stopped playing at dusk, since it was getting too dark to see the ball
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fifty Amp Fuse will kick off the event, which dates to the late 1970s, with a decades-spanning concert of hits at 8 p.m. The fireworks follow at the dusk after the music ends. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Balloonfest in Howell, Mike Tyson at MGM Grand, Orchard Lake art fair," 20 June 2018 And then, because the winds didn't allow candles to be lit, the crowd raised the lights from their cell phones like a field of twinkling stars in the dusk as Chaplain D. Freeman prayed. Joe Robertson And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "'Hungering for goodness and justice': Mourners gather in KCK to honor slain deputies," 17 June 2018 On the roof, a few guests lingered as the lights from the nearby Carlyle Hotel started glowing in the dusk. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, "The Coloring Book Enters Its Baroque Phase," 11 June 2018 Despite the progressing dusk deep in the fifth set, Nadal still managed to pick up Federer’s serves, returning every offering deep in the court. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "'Strokes of Genius' Documentary Commemorates the Iconic Federer-Nadal '08 Wimbledon Final," 26 June 2018 The silhouette of a pump jack is seen at dusk in the Permian Basin near Midland, Texas. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "Oil Drops to Lowest Since August," 30 Oct. 2018 Weather permitting, a fireworks display will begin at dusk in the football stadium at Oak Park and River Forest High School, near the corner of East Avenue and Lake Street. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park to celebrate Independence Day with 4th of July parade, fireworks," 2 July 2018 Proper nouns will suffice: The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Musée Rodin, Centre Pompidou, Saint-Germain, the Seine (at dusk). Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 As the afternoon shadows turned to dusk, however, panic started to set in. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nightmare #1: Husband's death by flying debris on I-94. Nightmare #2: The investigation," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of dusk

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dusk

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English dosk, alteration of Old English dox; akin to Latin fuscus dark brown, Old English dunn dun, dūst dust

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dusk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dusk

: the time when day changes into night and the sky begins to get darker

dusk

noun
\ ˈdəsk \

Kids Definition of dusk

: the time when the sky is getting dark at night

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