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dusk

adjective \ ˈdəsk \

Definition of dusk

:dusky
  • beginning to grow dusk outside

Examples of dusk in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of dusk

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

verb

Definition of dusk

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

Examples of dusk in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of dusk

see 1dusk

dusk Synonyms

Synonyms
blacken, black out, close in, darken
Antonyms
brighten, light, lighten
Related Words
dim, fade, wane; gloom, lower (also lour)
Near Antonyms
dawn; beam, glow, radiate, shine

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dusk

noun

Definition of dusk

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

Examples of dusk in a Sentence

  1. The park closes at dusk.

  2. we stopped playing at dusk, since it was getting too dark to see the ball

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Origin and Etymology of dusk

see 1dusk



DUSK Defined for English Language Learners

dusk

noun

Definition of dusk for English Language Learners

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


DUSK Defined for Kids

dusk

noun \ ˈdəsk \

Definition of dusk for Students

:the time when the sky is getting dark at night


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