sun·​down | \ ˈsən-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce sundown (audio) \

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Passover ends tomorrow at sundown. we were told that the best time to see elk is at sundown

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To get the best view, find a rural place with an unobstructed view of the western horizon and look right above the sunset point 30 to 40 minutes after sundown. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Venus and Jupiter Will Cross Paths This Week," 22 Aug. 2016 One day, without a burn permit, my father set that rotting pile ablaze, and the 150-year-old structure was a mound of white ash by sundown. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 That forces grid operators to add extra short-term electricity to the grid, because demand generally falls quickly after sundown. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "US energy agency: Sorry coal, natural gas is having another record summer," 11 July 2018 By sundown, the British had still not made it to the White House. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Canada didn’t burn the White House. And Dolley Madison needs a fact check, too.," 7 June 2018 Storms in Central Illinois are expected to organize into a squall line that will arrive in the Indianapolis area around sundown, bringing chances of tornadoes, Tucek said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Large hail, isolated tornadoes possible in Central Indiana," 2 Apr. 2018 While our greatest concern is the potential for heavy rain and flooding, there is more than enough atmospheric instability not to rule out a damaging wind threat, especially for storms that arrive before sundown. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Heavy storms threaten Tuesday evening and may cause flash flooding," 15 May 2018 Young Thug took the stage before sundown and had trouble hyping up the crowd. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Jmblya returns to Houston with J. Cole, Migos and Young Thug," 6 May 2018 Strict enforcement would mean that work would stop before sundown in the summer months. Joshua Stewart,, "Congressional candidate Diane Harkey suggests curfew, buddy system for House members," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sundown

1620, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sundown

chiefly US : the time when the sun goes below the horizon


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