dusk

adjective
\ˈdəsk \

Definition of dusk 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: dusky beginning to grow dusk outside

dusk

verb

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

Towards dusk, as the two friends headed down from the falls into flatter, more open country, a crowd of villagers surrounded their car. The Economist, "From dusty villages to Delhi, Indians seek people to persecute," 5 July 2018 Walking in the woods near her home at dusk, immersed in a wispy fog and lost in thought, Linda suddenly heard a bird call nearby — a cardinal. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 This and all other movies will begin at dusk, about 15 minutes after sunset. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Free summer movies return to local parks," 13 June 2018 Lakefront movies begin at dusk, typically around 8:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront off of Little Patuxent Parkway. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Movies and the stars," 4 June 2018 During Ramadan, Muslims may not eat or drink from dawn to dusk, and the tradition of fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Joe Ruiz, CNN, "Trump to host Ramadan dinner," 3 June 2018 Free Friday Flicks Fridays, dusk, June 22–August 24 Grab popcorn and a blanket and head to the lawn in front of the Hatch Memorial Shell for free family movies to kick off the weekend. BostonGlobe.com, "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018 Films begin at dusk (around 8:30 p.m. in early summer, 8:15 p.m. in late summer). Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Missing Little Italy's film festival? Try one of these Baltimore summer movie series instead," 25 May 2018 At dusk, the band stops, the movie starts, and hundreds of Grease lovers sing and dance their hearts out. Liz Kuball, Smithsonian, "Get Schooled on the History of Where ‘Grease’ Was Really Filmed," 24 May 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

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

Verb

see dusk entry 1

Noun

see dusk entry 1

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from dawn to/until dusk

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

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More Definitions for dusk

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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