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

Look in the morning, afternoon, and night, especially because cats are more active at dawn and dusk. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About How to Find a Lost Pet," 30 July 2018 The set design, by Ms. Lang and Nicole Pearce, indicates night and day, dawn and dusk. New York Times, "Review: Alvin Ailey Returns to Lincoln Center With a Tribute to Women," 14 June 2018 Lava Ocean Tours departs from Hilo twice daily in a high-speed boat for 90-minute dawn and dusk tours of the volcanic coast on the easternmost tip of the island. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Traveling to Hawaii During the Kilauea Eruption," 24 May 2018 The Paulsons spent that summer in Yaphank, N.Y., on the Carmans River, and the hound, who had lost most of his hair, showed up around dusk. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Dog dish: a tell-all by Bandit the Pekingese," 10 July 2018 The challenge: Around dusk, your loved one seems to change mood and behavior, and not for the better. Beth Wood, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sundowners syndrome and what you can do," 25 Apr. 2018 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

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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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