ˈhaf-ˌlīt How to pronounce half-light (audio)
: dim grayish light

Examples of half-light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wagner and her colleagues used noninvasive electroencephalography (EEG) electrodes placed on the heads of four reindeer to monitor brain waves under three different lighting conditions: constant light, constant dark or half-dark and half-light to mimic equal day and night hours. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 22 Dec. 2023 The courtyard of the Four Seasons Washington DC is hot in the late July half-light. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-light was circa 1567

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“Half-light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-light. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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