dusk

adjective
\ ˈdəsk How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

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

One of them is Catherine O’Hare, cofounder of the culinary seaweed company Salt Point Seaweed, run by three women who spend dawn and dusk clipping seaweed. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Josué said, his voice tired, body slumped in a plastic chair, the lingering dusk casting sharp shadows across the angles of his face. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Jesus Is Everywhere in Port-au-Prince, but So Is Vodou," 23 Jan. 2018 Little boys peddle rusty bicycles, play soccer open the open spaces and work from dusk to dawn selling bread from the stands, as little girls sing and clap giddily – having known no other life outside of civil war. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Syrians in Idlib brace for chemical weapons attack, ground invasion by Assad forces," 10 Sep. 2018 For the rest of the week, song lyrics will be projected onto St. Ann's Church, St. Ann's Square and New Cathedral street from dusk on May 22 through to May 26. James Masters, CNN, "Manchester bombing: Ariana Grande marks anniversary with message to city," 22 May 2018 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

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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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The first known use of dusk was in the 13th century

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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 How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

Kids Definition of dusk

: the time when the sky is getting dark at night

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