lightless

adjective
light·​less | \ ˈlīt-ləs How to pronounce lightless (audio) \

Definition of lightless

1 : receiving no light : dark
2 : giving no light

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Examples of lightless in a Sentence

wondered what might be lurking in the lightless corners of the basement
Recent Examples on the Web The baby fish return to the lightless deep before sunrise. Erik Olsen New York Times, Star Tribune, "The ocean's youngest monsters are ready for glamour shots," 15 Apr. 2021 The baby fish return to the lightless deep before sunrise. Erik Olsen New York Times, Star Tribune, "The ocean's youngest monsters are ready for glamour shots," 15 Apr. 2021 The baby fish return to the lightless deep before sunrise. New York Times, "The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots," 30 Mar. 2021 Yet what could be a more apt way to recall the dark days of spring than a muffled, echoless din in a tight, lightless canyon? Justin Davidson, Curbed, "Weiss/Manfredi Evokes a Doctor’s Trip Through Despair Into Light," 17 Mar. 2021 These lightless worlds can shine light on how planets formed and what happens to them after their star finally dies. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian Magazine, "How NASA’s New Telescope Will Help Astronomers Discover Free-Floating Worlds," 30 Sep. 2020 That’s because certain species of anglerfish have adopted what might seem like an extreme approach to the vast, lightless dating pool of the deep. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Anglerfish Drop Their Immune Defenses to Find Love," 31 July 2020 Within such a core’s lightless, dense depths, conditions can be cold enough for hydrogen ice to form. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Hydrogen Iceberg from a Failed Star Might Have Passed through Our Solar System," 3 June 2020 Its grasses and shrubs are beautifully adapted to survive winters in which their days are completely lightless, because the vegetation lies covered in a layer of snow, surviving mostly underground as roots. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lightless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 May 2021

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“Lightless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lightless. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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